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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018, Iranian state media reported, in a case that has sparked international outcry. Iran’s Supreme Court rejected a review of the case in late August. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Iranian flags seen on the streets of Tehran.Fatemeh Bahrami | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The U.S. policy in the Middle East is to reward allies and not enemies, a spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department said, as Washington sought to increase pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program.   "We have embarked on a policy in this administration, to reward and to embolden the Gulf Arab, our allies ... to embolden Israel, and to not reward an enemy," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday. President Donald Trump's administration upped the pressure on Iran in the last few days. Washington on Saturday unilaterally restored United Nations' sanctions on Tehran — a process questioned by...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a bizarre address to the 2020 U.N. General Assembly in which he claimed Iran single-handedly defeated the Islamic State, portrayed his brutal regime as a paragon of tolerance and human rights, and compared the Iranian people suffering under U.S. sanctions to George Floyd suffering beneath the knee of a policeman. Rouhani spoke of the coronavirus as a “common pain for humanity, thanks to the rapid growth of science, technology, and the media,” demonstrating that “despite all progress, our ignorance as humans far outweighs our knowledge.” “COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] is calling us to more humility, and more humbleness before the Almighty and the truth of creation,” he said. “It is guiding human societies towards civil piety...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to attack the United States, comparing the death of George Floyd to U.S. foreign policy. In Rouhani’s Tuesday speech, he used Floyd's death as a cudgel against the U.S. Floyd, a black man, died in police custody on Memorial Day. Footage that was released showing a white officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air sparked nationwide protests and a wider conversation about systemic racism in law enforcement and society in general. “The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the U.S. police is reminiscent of our own experience. We instantly recognize the feet kneeling on the...
    The Trump administration announced on Monday a host of sanctions against Iran aimed at continuing a conventional weapons ban that is set to expire, amid the start of the annual U.N. General Assembly. Under the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a conventional weapons ban on Iran is set to expire in mid-October. The Trump administration has sought unsuccessfully to extend that ban at the U.N.. To that effect, President Trump on Monday morning signed an executive order to sanction nations, corporations, and individuals who contribute to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to Iran, and restore previously suspended UN sanctions. “The Trump administration has always been honest about...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday new U.S. sanctions against Iran would have no political or practical consequences for Moscow's cooperation with Tehran, the Interfax news agency reported, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on Iran's defence ministry and others involved in its nuclear and weapons programme to support the U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a stance which key European allies as well as Russia and China reject. Ryabkov also said that Russia had not given the United States any new deadlines in negotiations over the New START treaty, their last major nuclear arms pact, but said time was running out. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova;...
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a new set of punitive measures against Iran on Monday, even as it faced isolation on the world stage after other major powers rejected a unilateral move by the U.S. to reimpose United Nations sanctions on Tehran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other cabinet members announced fresh U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s defense ministry, ballistic missile program and the leader of Venezuela’s regime, Nicolas Maduro, for allegedly helping Iran’s weapons programs. “Our actions today are a warning that should be heard worldwide. No matter who you are, if you violate the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, you risk sanctions,” said Pompeo, standing alongside three other cabinet secretaries, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and U.S....
    The United States is imposing sweeping new sanctions on Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear, missile, and conventional arms threats after Washington asserted the United Nations arms embargo on Iran was reimposed indefinitely late Saturday. White House National Secretary Adviser Robert O'Brien said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is imposing new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals connected to Iran's nuclear weapons program. A White House executive order lays out plans to block the property of individuals involved in transferring arms materials and military equipment to and from Iran. The State Department and Treasury Department also outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalized for violations. Iran's Defense Industries Organization (DIO) and its director,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed new sanctions on individuals and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now resumed. The impetus behind the U.S. action is the impending expiry of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and a desire to warn foreign actors - U.S. entities are already barred from such trade - that if they buy or sell arms to Iran they will face U.S. sanctions. The Trump administration announced the following measures: TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new executive order targeting Iran-related conventional arms transfers, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, adding...
    Top Trump administration officials on Monday announced a slate of punitive measures intended to add teeth to the administration’s attempt to reimpose international sanctions on Iran — a diplomatic maneuver dismissed by much of the global community as illegal and ineffective. The new actions, which fall under an executive order President Donald Trump signed Monday morning, come after the administration on Saturday declared it had effectively reimposed sanctions under the so-called “snapback” provision of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The provision restores international sanctions on Tehran that were previously terminated as part of the multinational deal. Their restoration could, in theory, kill the nuclear agreement. But because Trump in 2018 withdrew the United States from the deal, negotiated under...
    The secretary-general of the United Nations said the world body will not support the Trump administration’s move to reimpose sanctions on Iran unless the Security Council first signs off on the penalties. Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to council members on Sunday that “there would appear to be uncertainty” over whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo can trigger a “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council’s resolution on the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The Trump administration on Saturday declared that all sanctions against Iran were restored after Pompeo told the council that the “snapback” took effect because the Islamic Republic was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord. President Trump withdrew the US from the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions against Iran's defense ministry and others involved in Tehran's nuclear and weapons program to support U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a move key allies such as the Europeans dispute. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flanked by other top members of President Donald Trump’s national security team, also told reporters Washington had imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has forged closer ties between Caracas and Tehran. (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Lisa Lambert, Matt Spetalnick, Humeyra Pamuk, Patricia Zengerle, writing by Matt Spetalnick, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    United Nations — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by The Associated Press that "there would appear to be uncertainty" on whether or not U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo triggered the "snapback" mechanism in the Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and is likely to ignore. The U.S....
    WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea. He did not provide detailed evidence regarding either assertion. The new sanctions fit into U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to limit Iran's regional influence and come a week after U.S.-brokered deals for the United...
    By Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea. He did not provide detailed evidence regarding either assertion. The new sanctions fit into U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to limit Iran's regional influence and come a week...
    The international community is pushing back against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Saturday night claim that United Nations sanctions on Iran have been restored—the administration’s latest attempt to escalate tensions with the country—by noting that President Donald Trump ditched the related nuclear deal two years ago. “With a track record of failure on Iran, the Trump administration’s spin machine appears to be going into overdrive heading into November,” Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), declared in a statement Saturday. “Whether this is mere bluster or portends a potential October surprise remains to be seen but anyone opposed to more reckless wars should be on high alert.” “The administration’s claims that it has successfully snapped back U.N. sanctions...
    Reuters September 20, 2020 0 Comments United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18. But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington’s move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers,...
    NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on October 18. But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington's move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United...
    Mike Pompeo declared that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored – Reuter The Trump administration declared on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8pm Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The United States took this...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18. But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington’s move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18. But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington's move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers,...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse panel halts contempt proceedings against Pompeo after documents turned over Outgoing ambassador to China slams Beijing over coronavirus: 'Could have been contained in Wuhan' Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers MORE announced Saturday that the U.S. will reimpose UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions in the region.  President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE teased the sanctions earlier this week and vowed to...
    The United States is returning virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, according to a Saturday night statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Calling Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and anti-Semitism, the statement said the sanctions are being reimposed through the snapback process contained in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the Iran nuclear agreement. The U.S. took this action because Iran failed uphold its JCPOA commitments and the Security Council failed to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years, the statement said. The statement also said, “The United States expects all U.N. member states to fully comply with their obligations to implement...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the U.N. Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “The...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly. The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the U.N. Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. That is 30 days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified the council that Iran was in “significant non-performance” with its obligations under the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “The United States took this decisive action...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday evening that the US has reimposed UN sanctions against Iran, a move expected to be effectively ignored by global allies and adversaries alike.The latest move is the latest in the "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran -- one that has left the US largely isolated. It comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional weapons embargo set to expire next month under the Iran nuclear deal."The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — US declares all U.N. sanctions on Iran have been restored, but rest of world vows to ignore it. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington’s move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING?...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration will move to reimpose UN sanctions against Iran this weekend despite the fact that global allies and adversaries alike are set to effectively ignore the move.It is the latest move in the "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran -- one that has left the US largely isolated. It comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional weapons embargo set to expire next month under the Iran nuclear deal.Experts told CNN that this unilateral effort -- which comes less than two months before the presidential election -- is unlikely to have an impact on arms sales on its own. Some say the move further alienates the US from its E3 allies -- Germany, France and the United...
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Though famously skeptical of the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump harnessed its collective power to impose crushing sanctions on North Korea in a bid to start talks with Pyongyang, but faces frustration over a similar push on Iran. While the U.N. Security Council was unified on North Korea, there is almost total opposition to the Trump administration's assertion that it has triggered a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, using a process agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington quit two years ago. Diplomats expect Iran to be a focus when Trump addresses the annual U.N. meeting of world leaders on Tuesday from the White House just days...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he expected every nation to comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran. “The United States is intent on enforcing all the U.N. Security Council resolutions, and come Monday, there will be a new series of U.N. Security Council resolutions to be in force, and we intend to ask every country to stand behind them,” he said during a joint press conference with Suriname President Chandrikapersad "Chan" Santokhi in Paramaribo. He said the U.S. expected every nation to behave in a way consistent with what the United Nations mandates, adding that it was “simple” and “straightforward what our expectations are.” The United States has vowed...
    The Trump administration Wants to announce UN sanctions Reviewed Iran In the coming days, a month after the Security Council resolution on Iran’s nuclear deal triggered a “snap-pack” mechanism – but the move is likely to be ignored by many, including US allies. “We will return to the United Nations to re-impose sanctions so that the arms embargo becomes permanent next week.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo The UK Foreign Secretary told a news conference on Wednesday. “We deeply believe that this is good for all nationalities.” Pompeo in Iran: UN US to do all we can to reconsider security Pompeo last month called on the UN to trigger a “snapback” mechanism in Security Council Resolution 2231. The 30-day countdown...
    The Trump administration intends to declare U.N. sanctions reimposed on Iran in the coming days, a month after it triggered a “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution pertaining to the Iran nuclear deal -- but the move is likely to be ignored by a number of countries, including U.S. allies. “We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference with the U.K. foreign minister Wednesday. “We believe deeply that this is good for the peoples of all nations.” POMPEO ON IRAN: US WILL 'DO ALL THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO' TO REIMPOSE UN SANCTIONS Pompeo went to the U.N....
    By MATTHEW LEE and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In defiance of overwhelming opposition, the United States is preparing to declare that all international sanctions against Iran have been restored. Few countries believe the move is legal, and such action could provoke a credibility crisis at the United Nations. Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step. That sets the stage for ugly confrontations as the world body prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a coronavirus-restricted General...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In defiance of overwhelming opposition, the United States is preparing to declare that all international sanctions against Iran have been restored. Few countries believe the move is legal, and such action could provoke a credibility crisis at the United Nations. Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step. That sets the stage for ugly confrontations as the world body prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a coronavirus-restricted General Assembly session next week. The question is how the...
    Washington, Sep 16 . .- The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, assured this Wednesday that the US will do “everything it has to do” for the reimposition of the UN sanctions on Iran, something for which that Washington seems to have insufficient support. “We will return to the United Nations to reimpose the sanctions next week so that the arms embargo is permanent,” Pompeo said after meeting at State Department headquarters with his British colleague, Dominic Raab. “We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that those sanctions are applied … We deeply believe that this is good for the people of all nations,” he added. The UN arms embargo against Iran expires next month,...
    State Department officials said Wednesday that it will push forward with U.S. sanctions against Iran, and will impose sanctions on anyone who violates the United Nations arms embargo -- despite its expiration next month under the 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said there could be repercussions for the international community if they tried to engage in arms trade with Iran, as the Middle Eastern country is believed by U.S. security officials to have been developing nuclear arms. Iran has denied any participation in the development of their nuclear arsenals. COUNTRIES PART OF IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL CLAIM US CANNOT FORCE SANCTIONS ON IRAN “It’s time for peace-loving nations to recognize this reality and join us...
    WASHINGTON - The United States vowed to assert a “snapback” of all prior international sanctions on Iran, effective 8 p.m. Eastern Time on September 19, with more announcements to be made this weekend and next week as to exactly how Washington is planning to enforce the “returned U.N. sanctions.” “We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “I think we absolutely agree that Iran must never be — never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon,” said Raab. “We also, I think, share the view that the diplomatic door...
    Reuters September 16, 2020 0 Comments The United States said on Wednesday it plans to impose sanctions on those who violate a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which Washington says will now stay in place instead of expiring in October as agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said Washington could deny access to the U.S. market to anyone who trades in weapons with Iran, which President Donald Trump’s administration accuses of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied it is developing nuclear weapons. In 2018 Trump quit the Iran nuclear deal – under which Tehran limited its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief – and reimposed U.S. sanctions....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned that the U.S. will “do all the things we need to do” to ensure the snapback of U.N. sanctions on Iran -- even as the move appears not to have the support of allies at the Security Council. “As for the actions that we will take, the U.N. will take the sanctions it always does, these will be valid U.N. Security Council resolutions and the United States will do what it always does, it will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East, we’ll do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced,” Pompeo said at a  press...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday the United States will enforce new “UN” sanctions on Iran starting next week, despite overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds. “The United States will do what it always does. It will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East,” Pompeo told a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “We’ll do all the things we need to do to make sure that those sanctions are enforced,” he said. Pompeo last month headed to the United Nations to announce the “snapback” of sanctions under a 2015 Security Council resolution after failing to extend an embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran....
    Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran – Anadolu Tory MPs have accused the EU of “appeasing” Iran and called on the Government to use Brexit as an opportunity to impose sanctions on the Islamic republic. Likening the nuclear deal Brussels signed with Iran to “appeasement”, they claim “the erratic and provocative conduct of Tehran” is justification for Britain to take a tougher stance like the US. Former Brexit minister David Jones and Bob Blackman, the executive secretary of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, are leading the calls amid growing concerns over human rights abuses by Tehran’s totalitarian regime. Writing for The Telegraph, Mr Jones, a former Welsh Secretary, said: “While still a member of the EU, Britain helped...
    Signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal argued that the U.S. could not unilaterally enforce sanctions on Iran for allegedly breaking the terms of the 2015 agreement, because the U.S. broke from the deal in May 2018. At a meeting today, the governments still part of the nuclear agreement  -- the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, Iran and the European Union --  said the United States surrendered its authority in 2018 when it left the deal.  “Participants reaffirmed that the United States unilaterally announced its cessation of participation in the JCPoA on 8 May 2018 and that it had not participated in any JCPoA-related activities subsequently,” the European Union said in a statement Tuesday referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Niger, the U.N. Security Council president for September, said on Tuesday it stands by a declaration that no further action can be taken on a U.S. bid to trigger a return of U.N. sanctions on Iran because there is no consensus in the 15-member body. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered a 30-day process on Aug. 20 to reimpose all international sanctions on Iran – known as snapback – by lodging a complaint with the council accusing Iran of breaching a 2015 nuclear deal. But Indonesia U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, the council president for August, said that he was “not in the position to take further action”...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and most of the rest of the U.N. Security Council dug in their heels Thursday on diametrically opposed positions over the restoration of international sanctions on Iran. In increasingly intense rhetorical terms, U.S. officials insisted they had acted legitimately in triggering a so-called “snapback” mechanism that would re-impose all U.N. sanctions Iran next month. They said the re-imposition of sanctions is a done deal and nothing can stop it. “Last week, the U.S. triggered the 30-day process to restore virtually all UN sanctions on Iran after the Security Council failed to uphold its mission to maintain international peace and security,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet. “These sanctions will snap...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and most of the rest of the U.N. Security Council dug in their heels Thursday on diametrically opposed positions over the restoration of international sanctions on Iran. In increasingly intense rhetorical terms, U.S. officials insisted they had acted legitimately in triggering a so-called “snapback” mechanism that would re-impose all U.N. sanctions Iran next month. They said the re-imposition of sanctions is a done deal and nothing can stop it. “Last week, the U.S. triggered the 30-day process to restore virtually all UN sanctions on Iran after the Security Council failed to uphold its mission to maintain international peace and security,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet. “These sanctions will snap...
    NEW YORK - The president of the U.N. Security Council said Tuesday there is no consensus for restoring international sanctions on Iran in the 15-member council and that he would take no further action on a U.S. demand to re-impose them.   “It is clear for me that there is one member, which has a particular position on the issue, while there are significant numbers of members who have contrasting views,” said Council President Indonesian Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani. “In my view, there is no consensus in the council. Thus, the president is not in the position to take further action.”   Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to New York and personally notified the United Nations that the...
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    NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The president of the United Nations Security Council, Indonesia, said on Tuesday it was “not in the position to take further action” on a U.S. bid to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran because there is no consensus in the 15-member body. Thirteen council members expressed their opposition on Friday, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that it quit two years ago. Indonesia’s U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, council president for August, was responding to a question from Russia and China on the issue during the council meeting on the Middle East. (Reporting by...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of the United Nations Security Council, Indonesia, said on Tuesday it was "not in the position to take further action" on a U.S. bid to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran because there is no consensus in the 15-member body. Thirteen council members expressed their opposition on Friday, arguing that Washington's move is void given it is using a process agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that it quit two years ago. Indonesia's U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, council president for August, was responding to a question from Russia and China on the issue during the council meeting on the Middle East. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols;...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday dismissed near universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook strongly disagreed and questioned the motives of those who object. Opponents say the U.S. lost the standing to trigger snapback when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. Pompeo and Hook maintain that the United States retains that right and doesn’t need permission to use it....
    By EDITH M. LEDERER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday dismissed near universal opposition to its demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown for the “snapback” of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had begun. U.S. allies and foes have joined forces to declare the action illegal and doomed to failure, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook strongly disagreed and questioned the motives of those who object. Opponents say the U.S. lost the standing to trigger snapback when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. Pompeo and Hook maintain that the United States retains...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the media at a joint news conference with the Czech prime minister, at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic August 12, 2020.Petr David Josek | Reuters WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted Friday that Washington would enforce sweeping sanctions on Iran, even though the United Nations Security Council voted to not extend an arms embargo on the rogue regime. Pompeo, who addressed the 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, reiterated that the Trump administration will continue its maximum pressure campaign in order to rein in Tehran's missile and nuclear weapons programs. "I have not had a single world leader or one of...
    The US accused China and allies Britain and France Friday of “abdicating their duty” as it held firm on its solitary push to maintain an arms embargo and restore broader UN sanctions on Iran. “We don’t need anybody’s permission to initiate snapback,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s Special Representative for Iran, told reporters, referring to the mechanism activated by Washington on Thursday to restore sanctions. “Iran is in violation of its voluntary nuclear commitments. The conditions have been met to initiate snapback.” Hook said the lack of support from any other members of the UN Security Council for the move was moot, and that they had “failed” a week ago by not extending a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran as...
    VIDEO2:3402:34A Biden administration may do 'a 180-degree' flip on key U.S.-Iran issues, says expertCapital Connection U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are "as stark as black and white" when it comes to the maximum pressure campaign on Iran, according to one analyst. Trump wants more pressure, while Biden would want more engagement, said Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). "There's this long-standing trend now, that we've seen at least for 20 or 30 years in U.S. foreign policy, where the new occupant, and in this case it's a potential Biden administration, looks to do a 180 (degree change) either on key themes or key policy issues," he told CNBC's "Capital Connection"...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally demanded Thursday the Security Council restore U.N. sanctions on Iran. The U.K., France and Germany — all allies of the U.S. — are rejecting the Trump administration’s demand to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally made that demand to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, citing Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal. “Our message is very, very simple. The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo,” Pompeo said.  It’s called a “snapback” procedure. Any country participating in the 2015 nuclear accord can...
    United Nations, Aug 20 . .- The United States began a process at the UN on Thursday to reestablish international sanctions against Iran, in a movement with a questioned legal basis and with the opposition of the rest of the Security Council powers. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to New York to formally present to the Security Council the activation of a clause designed to automatically restore punishments in the event that Tehran breaches its commitments under the nuclear deal sealed in 2015. It did so after the Council last week rejected its proposal to extend the arms embargo against Iran, which expires next October as foreseen in the nuclear pact, and which Washington wants to maintain at...
    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The United States will do everything it can to enforce United Nations sanctions on Iran if they are violated, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday following the U.S. move to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran. Pompeo told reporters at the United Nations it would be an “enormous mistake” not to extend the arms embargo on Iran, adding the U.S. will never allow Iran to freely buy and sell conventional weapons such as tanks. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Editing by Chris Reese)
    (Adds details on snapback procedure) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday triggered a process aimed at restoring all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a conventional arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that seeks to prevent Tehran...
    (CNN)The Trump administration was left isolated on the world stage as foreign allies and competitors alike rejected its demand to restore UN sanctions on Iran Thursday. Despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the US has "every capacity" under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrined the international agreement, to trigger so-called snapback sanctions, because the US was initially a party to the deal."We have every capacity under 2231 to do this," Pompeo said, speaking Thursday to reporters during his visit to the United Nations, where he formally notified the UN that the Trump administration was initiating the process to reinstate...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday began the process to “snapback” U.N. sanctions on Iran, promising that “America will not appease” and taking aim at European allies who he accused of endangering their people. “Our message is very, very simple, the United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes tanks missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons,” he said at a press conference outside the U.N. Security Council. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIGGER 'SNAPBACK' OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The U.S. triggered the “snapback” mechanism nearly a week after an effort by the U.S. to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran failed at the U.N. Security Council...
    The United States is moving to reissue a full round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, in the Trump administration’s latest move to erase the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo said the U.S. will issue the sanctions to essentially extend an arms embargo on Iran, even after the United Nations Security Council voted to let the arms embargo expire this fall. Pompeo had expressed his intention to reapply sanctions Wednesday by invoking a snapback measure in the deal negotiated by the Obama administration that allows participants to reimpose sanctions on Iran. “The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump announces 'snapback' of sanctions on Iran | Uniformed personnel at Dem convention under investigation | Netanyahu calls reported F-35 deal 'fake news' Trump announces 'snapback' of sanctions on Iran Great power competition and global supply chains MORE on Thursday notified the United Nations that the U.S. is initiating the process to reinstate all U.N. sanctions on Iran that were previously lifted under the Obama-era nuclear deal. The snapback of sanctions will extend an arms embargo on Iran that was set to expire in October and further restrict the country from conducting ballistic missile testing, the secretary said. “The United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism...
    Reuters August 20, 2020 0 Comments The United States moved to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran on Thursday, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned that agreement two years ago. The United States submitted a letter to the 15-member U.N. Security Council accusing Tehran of non-compliance, in theory starting a 30-day process that could lead to the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions even though major powers such as Russia reject the U.S. stance and say they will not restore the U.N. measures. Iran itself rejected the U.S. move, taken in part because of the impending October expiration of a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran, arguing...
    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Thursday said they cannot support the U.S. move to restore United Nations sanctions on Iran, saying the action is incompatible with efforts to support the Iran nuclear deal. “In order to preserve the agreement, we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with its nuclear commitments and return to full compliance without delay,” the three nations said in a joint statement. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Thursday said they cannot support the U.S. move to restore United Nations sanctions on Iran, saying the action is incompatible with efforts to support the Iran nuclear deal. "In order to preserve the agreement, we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with its nuclear commitments and return to full compliance without delay," the three nations said in a joint statement. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — US allies Britain, France, Germany reject Trump administration’s demand to restore UN sanctions on Iran. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — US formally demands restoration of all UN sanctions on Iran, setting stage for Security Council crisis. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The move would restore international sanctions against Tehran that were lifted as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tell the United Nations Security Council the U.S. will unilaterally reimpose all international sanctions against Iran.  “My administration will not allow this Iran nuclear situation to go on. They will never have a nuclear weapon,” President Donald Trump said. It’s called a “snapback” procedure. Any country participating in the 2015 nuclear accord can move to restore sanctions if Tehran fails to comply with the deal. And under a binding U.N. resolution, Russia and China would not be able to veto the move.  But here’s the key detail: President Donald Trump pulled the U.S....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will start a procedure Thursday afternoon at the United Nations in New York to “snapback” sanctions erased by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). If he is successful, the Iran deal will be essentially dead. The mechanism known as "snapback" was negotiated and included in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which allows for sanctions and other restrictions to be immediately re-imposed on Iran if it was seen to be breaking the compact. It was that resolution that endorsed the JCPoA – and the mechanism was long demanded by U.S. lawmakers to be included in any deal. POMPEO VOWS US WILL SANCTION RUSSIA, CHINA IF THEY OPPOSE TRUMP'S 'SNAPBACK'...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen at United Nations Headquarters in a March 6, 2020, file photo in New York City.  David Dee Delgado/Getty United Nations — The U.N. was set for a tough conversation on Thursday. The United States was expected to face stiff resistance to a bid to use the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned to get harsh international sanctions on Tehran re-imposed. The administration has made a flagship issue of scrapping the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Since withdrawing from the deal two years ago, the White House has put the Islamic Republic under "maximum pressure" with a raft of unilateral sanctions, aimed at forcing it to halt its nuclear program and support...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia described statements by the United States on reimposing U.N. sanctions against Iran as absurd, adding that it has no legal or political grounds to do so, the RIA news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. Ryabkov added that such a step would result in crisis at the U.N. security council, the Interfax news agency cited him as saying. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Toby Chopra)...
    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States will seek a “snapback” of all international sanctions on Iran at the United Nations, one week after failing to persuade Security Council members to extend an expiring arms embargo beyond mid-October. "My administration will not allow this Iran nuclear situation to go on," Trump told reporters at the White House. “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Aug. 14, 2020.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will go to New York on Thursday to notify the Security Council, initiating the process known as snapback. He will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Secretary...
    Reuters August 19, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all United Nations sanctions on Iran, which President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. Pompeo will meet with Indonesia’s U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani – council president for August – to submit a complaint about Iran’s non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018. The nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security Council...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he would order a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran that were previously suspended. “It’s a snapback, not uncommon,” he said. The president said he would order Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the United States Security Council that he intended to restore the sanctions. The 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the United Nations Security Council allowed any of the major nations to demand that sanctions on Iran be reimposed. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif argues that America is not allowed to order a snapback, as they left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. But the president said he would continue putting pressure on Iran to force them to stop funding terrorism and...
    Donald Trump announced on Wednesday night that he has ordered administration officials to “snap back” all sanctions on Iran, and again hawkishly pledged that the country “will never have a nuclear weapon.” The president opened a coronavirus briefing with the announcement, implementing an Obama administration policy that was part of an Iranian nuclear deal from which he withdrew the United States. More follows…
    PRESIDENT Trump ordered a reinstatement of ALL suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran and vowed the regime "will never have a nuclear weapon." Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday, demanding the sanctions be reinstated. 1Trump speaks at a White House press briefingCredit: Getty Images - Getty "The United States intends to restore all the previously suspended sanctions on Iran," Trump said at a press briefing. Most read in NewsPASTOR’S WIFE ‘DEAD’‘Decomposing body of missing mom' found in car in a shipping containerAUTUMN'S AGONYGirl, 8, was ‘facedown in tub with head puncture wounds in bloody bathroom’‘HE WOULDN'T STOP’Cuba Gooding Jr ‘raped woman at hotel while playing Mumford & Sons'SEAL OFFNavy SEAL who 'killed...
    President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. intends to “snapback” sanctions on Iran, days after the U.N. Security Council failed to extend a soon-to expire arms embargo on Iran. “Today I am directing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the U.N. Security Council that the United States intends to restore virtually all the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran," the president said in a news conference with reporters. “It’s a snapback.” The snapback mechanism was included as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and allows an individual deal participant to restore sanctions on Tehran should it deem it to be in violation of the deal. The U.S. left the Obama-era deal in 2018, but claims to have rights...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Democrats pitch Biden as the back-to-normal candidate Obama congratulates Biden on formal nomination Jill Biden gives personal portrait of husband Joe MORE announced Wednesday evening that his administration would notify the United Nations of plans to restore "virtually" all sanctions on Iran. “Today, I am directing the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBelarus president says he would be open to handing over power after referendum Trump administration cracks down further against Huawei chip production, affiliate groups The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats launch 11-week sprint to Nov. 3 with virtual convention MORE to notify the U.N. security council that the United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions...
    Dusty Baker: Yordan Alvarez could miss rest of season These 23 Mystery Books Will Make You Feel Like A Detective on The Case U.S. imposes sanctions on two UAE-based companies for aiding Irans biggest airline Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC provided key parts and logistics services for Iran's Mahan Air, which is currently blacklisted by the U.S., Treasury said in a statement announcing the designations. © Provided by CNBC An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in the Yemeni capital on March 1, 2015. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration slapped fresh sanctions on two United Arab Emirates-based companies for providing material support to Iran's largest airline, the Treasury...
    An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in the Yemeni capital on March 1, 2015.Mohammad Huwais | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Trump administration slapped fresh sanctions on two United Arab Emirates-based companies for providing material support to Iran's largest airline, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC provided parts and logistics services for Iran's Mahan Air, which is currently blacklisted by the U.S., Treasury said in a statement announcing the designations. Treasury also imposed sanctions on Amin Mahdavi, an Iranian national based in the United Arab Emirates, for owning or controlling Parthia Cargo. Treasury said the services provided by Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC, both...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he would be going to the United Nations "soon" to begin the process of triggering snapback sanctions on Iran, setting up a likely clash with other members of the UN Security Council.The US wants to reimpose sanctions related to the Iran nuclear deal after suffering an embarrassing loss Friday in the Security Council trying to extend an arms embargo on Tehran that expires in October.The process is expected to be messy, as China and Russia openly oppose the effort to snap back sanctions, and other parties to the deal -- Germany, the UK, France -- are also against the move. All of them question the legality of the US trying to reimpose...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two UAE-based companies, accusing them of providing support to U.S.-blacklisted Mahan Air. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said it blacklisted UAE-based Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC for providing key parts and logistics services for Iranian airline Mahan Air. It also imposed sanctions on Amin Mahdavi, an Iranian national based in the United Arab Emirates, for owning or controlling Parthia Cargo, it said. (Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expecting to trigger snapback - a return of all U.S. sanctions on Iran - soon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend an arms embargo on the country. To trigger a return of the sanctions, the United States will submit a complaint to the 15-member U.N. Security Council about Iran's non-compliance with the nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Susan Heavey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration plans to try this week to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend an arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions...
    Any unilateral move by the US could cause a diplomatic crisis among the UN Security Council – Sarah Silbiger /Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump said that he intended to push through a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran, a day after the UN Security Council rejected a U.S. effort to extend a UN arms embargo on Tehran. “We’ll be doing a snapback,” Trump said during a news conference at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday. “You’ll be watching it next week.” The U.S. president was apparently referring to the contentious argument that the U.S. remains a “participant” in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – despite having withdrawn from it in 2018 – and can therefore unilaterally force a return to...
    (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted against, while 11 members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour. "I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote!," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation." The U.N. arms embargo...
    Aug 15 (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted against, while 11 members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour. “I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote!,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation.” The U.N....
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Friday failed in its attempt to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, and Washington could now act on a threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Here is a look at the events leading to the showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic...
    The US Justice Department on Friday confirmed it had seized the fuel cargo aboard four tankers sent by Iran to crisis-wracked Venezuela, tying the shipments to Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards and stepping up the pressure on its foe. “With the assistance of foreign partners, this seized property is now in US custody,” the Justice Department said, putting the total at more than one million barrels of petroleum and calling it the largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran. The department had issued a warrant last month to seize the cargo of the tankers Bella, Bering, Pandi and Luna. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing US officials, that the ships had been seized at sea and were en route to Houston. ...
    VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called for the world to unite around a long-shot American bid to indefinitely extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran. As members of the U.N. Security Council voted remotely on a U.S. resolution to prolong the embargo that is widely expected to fail, Pompeo said it was “nuts” to allow Iran to buy and sell weapons at will. Pompeo spoke well before an announcement of the results of the vote, which many diplomats believe will end in an embarrassing defeat for the Trump administration. “We ask nations to urge the U.N. Security Council to renew the arms embargo on Iran,” Pompeo said in Vienna, where he met with the...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security...