Iran downplays United States attempts to trigger "snapback" mechanism

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the United States can not invoke the snapback mechanism under the UN Security Council of 2231, official IRNA news agency reported.

"In my opinion, the United States does not understand that it can not trigger the snapback mechanism unilaterally and without other sides to the JCPOA [the 2015 nuclear deal]. The United States must take action within the framework of the comprehensive deal of the JCPOA while the United States withdrew from the JCPOA", ISNA quoted Baharvand as saying on Sunday in an interview with the London-based Al Araby TV network.

The diplomat added that the "hollow and cheap propaganda" would not cover up the White House's "miserable failure" to pass a United Nation Security Council draft resolution aiming to extend an arms embargo against Iran, set to expire in October.

Referring to US President Donald Trump's remarks on the use of "snapback" mechanism to restore sanctions against Iran, Zarif said, "US "snapback" is so illegal that it is not acceptable and Americans know it".

Diplomats have said the US would face a tough, messy battle in any such move. Meanwhile, Tehran stresses that United States has no right to do so as President Donald Trump has officially "ceased U.S. participation" in the deal back in May 2018.

"The cost will be a devastating loss of UNSC authority that will damage the US role in the world for the foreseeable future - but the Trump Administration manifestly is not too anxious about damage done to the country rather than to its own ambition", he wrote.

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