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    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....
    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...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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....
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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....
    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...
    The government of President Donald Trump reported Saturday that all United Nations sanctions against Iran have been reinstated, a move that most of the rest of the world considers illegal and sets the stage for a potentially nasty confrontation during the world body’s annual General Assembly. . “The United States took this decisive step because, in addition to Iran’s failure to comply with its JCPOA obligations, the Security Council has not extended the United Nations arms embargo on Iran, which had been in force for 13 years,” Pompeo said in a statement issued this Sunday. “In accordance with our rights … we began the reimposition process to reinstate virtually all previously rescinded UN sanctions, including...
    The government of President Donald Trump reported Saturday that all United Nations sanctions against Iran have been reinstated, a move that most of the rest of the world considers illegal and sets the stage for a potentially nasty confrontation during the world body’s annual General Assembly. . “The United States took this decisive step because, in addition to Iran’s failure to comply with its JCPOA obligations, the Security Council has not extended the United Nations arms embargo on Iran, which had been in force for 13 years,” Pompeo said in a statement issued this Sunday. “In accordance with our rights … we began the reimposition process to reinstate virtually all previously rescinded UN sanctions, including...
    The government of President Donald Trump reported Saturday that all United Nations sanctions against Iran have been reinstated, a move that most of the rest of the world considers illegal and sets the stage for a potentially nasty confrontation during the world body’s annual General Assembly. . “The United States took this decisive step because, in addition to Iran’s failure to comply with its JCPOA obligations, the Security Council has not extended the United Nations arms embargo on Iran, which had been in force for 13 years,” Pompeo said in a statement issued this Sunday. “In accordance with our rights … we began the reimposition process to reinstate virtually all previously rescinded UN sanctions, including...
    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...
    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...
    The United States will unilaterally declare this weekend that UN sanctions against Iran are once again in force, a move that risks increasing Washingtons diplomatic isolation while also stoking international tensions. "Virtually all UN sanctions on Iran will come back into place this weekend at 8:00 p.m. ET [midnight GMT] on Saturday the 19th," said Elliott Abrams, the Trump administrations special representative for Iran. But on this point, Washington is almost alone in the world: All the other great powers – China, Russia and also the U.S.s own European allies – have challenged the claim. How did the UN arrive at this spectacular stand-off between the leading superpower and the rest of the planet? To answer that, one has to go...
    Reimpose Iran sanctions … or else. Washington and the United Nations are in a showdown after the Trump administration demanded all member countries restore nuclear-related restrictions on Iran by Saturday and the conventional arms embargo on the rogue regime stay in place, Reuters reported. Three of America’s strongest allies — Britain, France and Germany — told the UN Security Council on Friday that they wouldn’t reimpose the sanctions, leaving them open to a threat by the president that the US would impose restrictions on any nation that violates the arms embargo if that measure is allowed to expire in a month. “We have worked tirelessly to preserve the nuclear agreement and remain committed to do so,” the UN envoys for...
    Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters The US will break with almost every other UN security council member state including its closest allies on Saturday night by declaring UN sanctions back in effect on Iran. Administration officials say they will launch a raft of new punitive measures on Monday, which some observers believe may be aimed at seeking to provoke a confrontation with Tehran in the run up to the US election. The Trump administration has said it will consider UN sanctions, mostly involving the arms trade, as having resumed at midnight GMT on Saturday night, and has threatened to take new measures to enforce them. The sanctions were suspended in 2015 following a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in July that...
    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?...
    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...
    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,...
    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...
    WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Trump administration vowed on Wednesday to impose the “full force” of U.S. sanctions on any international arms manufacturers who deal with Iran once Washington sees a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran as reimposed. Elliott Abrams, U.S. special envoy on Iran, issued the warning in a briefing with reporters hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would return to the U.N. to try to reinstate sanctions on Iran next week, despite a lack of support within the U.N. Security Council. The Security Council resoundingly rejected a U.S. attempt on Aug. 14 to extend an international arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October, but the United States is pressing...
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy to broker peace in Libya, although Russia and China abstained from voting on the resolution that also extended the U.N. mission in the country. Ghassan Salame, who headed the U.N. political mission and was also charged with trying to mediate peace, quit in March due to stress. Guterres informally proposed a replacement, but the United States wanted the role split to have one person run the U.N. mission and a special envoy to focus on mediation. The Security Council agreed to that proposal on Tuesday. "With the new structure, we will have to present a new candidate and...
    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the Trump impeachment probe, said in an interview airing Monday that he is “absolutely” a so-called “Never Trumper.” “I think as the president’s attacked and politicized me directly, in taking a very sober view of where this president is taking this country, the divisions, the catering to our adversaries, the undermining of national security interests, that I am absolutely a Never Trumper,” Vindman said in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt. Vindman, who served as director of European affairs on the National Security Council, testified at the Trump impeachment hearings regarding Trump’s policies towards Ukraine. Vindman listened in on a phone call on July 25, 2019 that Trump had with Ukrainian...
    The whistleblower reportedly at the center of the Democrats’ impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump was apparently not the driving factor. A new book from Byron York, “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” details how it was the National Security Council’s Lt. Col. Alex Vindman behind the impeachment efforts, rather than the whistleblower, who is not identified in the book. As Mollie Hemingway wrote at The Federalist, the whistleblower was previously identified by Real Clear Investigations as Eric Ciaramella, who worked for the CIA. In fact, Hemingway wrote, Ciaramella “was a diversion from allowing the American people to understand who was the actual instigator of the failed effort to oust President Donald Trump from office.” “Rather than...
    A National Security Council (NSC) spokesman condemned Russia for their alleged involvement in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday. (1 of 3) “The United States is deeply troubled by the results released today. Alexei Navalny’s poisoning is completely reprehensible. Russia has used the chemical nerve agent Novichok in the past. — NSC (@WHNSC) September 2, 2020 “The United States is deeply troubled by the results released today,” said NSC spokesman John Ullyot, referring to the German government’s confirmation that Navalny was poisoned using a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok. Ullyot called the poisoning “completely reprehensible” and said the United States “will work with allies and the international community to hold those in...
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the show of unity by parties to a 2015 nuclear deal, after they defeated US efforts to restore international sanctions. Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia — dubbed the “4+1” — are struggling to save the accord after the United States withdrew from it in 2018. Washington unilaterally reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. Iran has stepped up its nuclear activities in the past year in retaliation for Washington’s pullout from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “Fortunately, yesterday in Vienna, the 4+1 clearly stated that they stand by the JCPOA and that America does not have the right to misuse it,” Rouhani said in remarks...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold a high-level summit during the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly later this month to discuss security threats in the world after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Niger’s U.N. Ambassador Abdou Abarry, who took over the rotating council presidency on Tuesday, told a virtual press conference Tuesday that the meeting of the U.N.’s most powerful body will take place online on Sept. 24. Abarry said the meeting “on post-COVID-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security” will address traditional security threats such as conflicts but also crime and pandemics as well as “adjustments” to the current international system. He said Niger’s President Mahamadou...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election, which has triggered mass protests, will address an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. Estonia’s U.N. ambassador, Sven Jurgenson, said Tuesday that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to Lithuania under pressure from Belarus authorities, will speak to the U.N.’s most powerful body at a meeting focusing on attacks on human rights in the former Soviet nation. Belarus’ opposition has called the Aug. 9 election that gave Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term as president rigged. The United States and European Union have criticized the vote it as neither free nor fair and urged Belarusian authorities to begin a dialogue with the opposition. Lukashenko, who has...
    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”...
    VILNIUS, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will address the United Nations Security Council on Friday, her spokesman said in a statement. She will speak by a video link at the invitation of Estonia, which is currently is a non-permanent member of the body, a member of her team told Reuters. Tsikhanouskaya was a presidential candidate in the Aug. 9 elections in Belarus which her supporters say she won. She fled to Lithuania after the election which President Alexander Lukashenko declared he had won a by a wide margin, sparking large protests in Belarus. (Reporting By Andrius Sytas; editing by Niklas Pollard)
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday extending the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon for a year but reducing its troop ceiling from 15,000 to 13,000 in response to U.S. pressure. The French-drafted resolution also makes another concession to the Trump administration and its close ally Israel. It calls on the Lebanese government to facilitate “prompt and full access” to sites requested by U.N. peacekeepers for investigation, including tunnels crossing the U.N.-drawn Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel. And it urges freedom of movement and unimpeded access for peacekeepers to all parts of the Blue Line, and condemns “in the strongest terms” all attempts to restrict U.N. troop movements...
    By Edith M. Lederer and Matthew Lee | Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — 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...
    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...
    The UN Security Council has blocked a controversial bid by the US to trigger the "snapback" of all sanctions on Iran lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal. Indonesia's permanent representative, who holds the rotating presidency, said many of the 15 member states contested the move because the US withdrew from the accord two years ago. The US envoy accused them of "standing in the company of terrorists". Iran's foreign minister said "lawless bullying" had left the US isolated. The Trump administration attempted to initiate the snapback process last week, after the security council rejected a draft US resolution that would have extended indefinitely an arms embargo on Iran due to expire in mid-October. Under the nuclear deal, the P5+1...
    Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran. Related: Iran sanctions: nearly all UN security council unites against ‘unpleasant’ US America was rebuffed last week when 13 countries on the security council argued that the US had no legal right to “snap back” sanctions because it had already walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. On Tuesday, Indonesia – which this month holds the security council’s rotating presidency – said that no further action could be taken on the US request, because there was no consensus on the 15-nation body. The announcement prompted an angry...
    The U.N. Security Council’s president on Tuesday attemped to dismiss a U.S. move to “snapback” all U.N. sanctions on Iran -- a denial that led a furious U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft to accuse the Council of “standing in the company of terrorists.” Dian Triansyah Djani, who as Indonesia’s ambassador holds the rotating presidency for August, said that the Council would not be taking up the U.S. request, after objections from Russia, China and other members. US FORMALLY MOVES TO RESTORE UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN, AS POMPEO PROMISES 'AMERICA WILL NOT APPEASE'  “Having contacted the members and received letters from many member countries it is clear to me that there is one member which has a particular position on the issues, while there...
    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...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, a move that drew an angry rebuke from the U.S. ambassador who accused opponents of supporting “terrorists.” Indonesia’s ambassador to the U.N., Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose the results of his polling of the views of all countries on the 15-member council. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted last Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions, even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s demand to restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran, a move that drew an angry rebuke from the U.S. ambassador who accused opponents of supporting “terrorists.” Indonesia’s ambassador to the U.N., Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country currently holds the rotating council presidency, made the announcement in response to requests from Russia and China to disclose the results of his polling of the views of all countries on the 15-member council. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted last Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions, even though President Donald Trump pulled...
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    Photograph: Mike Segar/AFP/Getty Images The extent of US isolation at the UN has been driven home by formal letters from 13 of the 15 security council members opposing Trump administration attempts to deepen Iran’s pariah status. The letters by the council members were all issued in the 24 hours since the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, came to the UN’s New York headquarters to declare Iran in non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal. Under that deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), comprehensive UN sanctions on Iran would be restored 30 days after the declaration. But almost every other council member has issued letters saying that the US has no standing to trigger this sanctions “snapback”...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister in a letter to the U.N. Security Council said the U.S. has no right to demand the restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the Foreign Ministry's website said Friday. Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. lost the right to make demands in 2018 when it withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers. He also said America's unilateral pullout violated a U.N. resolution that required signatories to avoid any damage to the deal. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday officially informed the U.N. it is demanding the restoration of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, but allies and opponents declared the U.S. action illegal and doomed to failure. Pompeo...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister in a letter to the U.N. Security Council said the U.S. has no right to demand the restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the Foreign Ministry’s website said Friday. Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. lost the right to make demands in 2018 when it withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers. He also said America’s unilateral pullout violated a U.N. resolution that required signatories to avoid any damage to the deal. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday officially informed the U.N. it is demanding the restoration of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, but allies and opponents declared the U.S. action illegal and doomed to failure. Pompeo...
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of "siding with the ayatollahs" after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran. The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger "snapback" sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. The US has controversially initiated a process at the UN Security Council to reinstate the UN sanctions. They were lifted under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. "No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution. Instead, they chose to side with the ayatollahs," Mr Pompeo said after formally submitting a complaint accusing Iran of non-compliance with the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration ran into immediate opposition after its top diplomat officially informed the United Nations it is demanding the restoration of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, with allies and opponents declaring the U.S. action illegal and doomed to failure. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Thursday that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” U.N. sanctions even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers that was endorsed by the U.N. Security Council. Russia and China, along with European allies Britain, France and Germany, who often disagree, are united in declaring the U.S. action “illegal” on grounds that you can’t withdraw from...
    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...
    (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...
    NEW YORK - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally notified the United Nations on Thursday that the United States is initiating a “snapback” of all international sanctions on Iran dating back to 2006.    “Our message is very, very simple,” Pompeo told reporters at the U.N. “The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks and missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”   He said President Donald Trump and his administration had “discarded the fiction” that Iran merely seeks a peaceful nuclear program.   “We will never allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he...
    (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...
    Recent provocations by Iran show that the United States should reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern theocracy, Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Pregent told "Your World" Thursday. This week, Iran unveiled two new cruise missiles -- including one that Iranian state media claimed could bypass enemy defense systems, likely a reference to Israel. "It's basically what the regime's been doing for 40 years," Pregent told host Neil Cavuto. "It’s going to get worse ... That’s why snapback sanctions are so important. And that’s why it’s important for our allies to work together and for more countries to probably sign onto this peace deal with Israel," he said, referring to the recent agreement between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIGGER 'SNAPBACK' OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN: WHAT...
    The United States formally began the process Thursday of activating a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing sanctions on Iran, a move that was immediately rejected by European allies fighting to save the Iranian nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Britain, France and Germany of “siding with the ayatollahs” after they insisted Washington had no legal right to trigger the disputed procedure called “snapback.” Pompeo personally submitted a letter to the president of the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, accusing Iran of “significant” non-compliance with the terms of the 2015 historic accord, according to a copy seen by AFP. It is intended to launch the start of the process to snapback sanctions on Iran...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally demanded on Thursday that crippling international sanctions be reinstated against Iran. “The process to re-impose sanctions on Iran begins,” he said in a tweet. “Today I hand-delivered a letter to @UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani to formally notify the Council of something we all know too well—Iran’s failure to meet its commitments under the terrible nuclear deal.” The process to re-impose sanctions on Iran begins. Today I hand-delivered a letter to @UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani to formally notify the Council of something we all know too well—Iran’s failure to meet its commitments under the terrible nuclear deal. pic.twitter.com/MltLupj7lg — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 20, 2020 Members of the E3...
    America's closest allies on Thursday rejected a demand from the Trump administration for the U.N. to restore sanctions against Iran, a snub that leaves the U.S. as isolated as it's ever been on one of the world's most pressing security issues. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to New York to press the members of the U.N. Security Council, as well as Germany, to enact sanctions against Iran in retaliation for its violating the 2015 agreement governing its nuclear program, even though the Trump administration itself withdrew the U.S. from the agreement two years ago. That move, and this week's, were seen as part of the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, as well as its larger effort to...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initiated the snapback of international sanctions on Iran, over the objections of European allies who maintain that the United States has no legal right to do so. “These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo,” Pompeo said at the United Nations, referring to the ban that is scheduled to expire in October pursuant to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. “No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution.” That maneuver fulfills a threat that Pompeo has made repeatedly over the last year, as he sought to persuade the United Nations Security Council to prevent the expiration of the arms embargo. And it exacerbates...
    President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that the United States will ask the U.N. Security Council to restore all sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to formally file the “snapback” complaint with the United Nations on Thursday, but it was categorically rejected by Security Council members China and Russia before the paperwork was even delivered. “This will be a fully valid enforceable Security Council resolution and we have every expectation that it will be enforced just like every other Security Council resolution that is in place. We will be in full compliance with that...
    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...
    The Trump administration on Thursday formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, setting off an immediate confrontation with Russia and other Security Council members who called the U.S. move illegal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the notification to the president of the U.N. Security Council, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, a requirement to “snap back” U.N. sanctions. Pompeo tweeted, “The United States is determined to make sure that the Iranian regime doesn’t have the capacity to inflict even more harm on the world.” Russian deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky shot back: “Looks like there are 2 planets. A fictional dog-eat-dog one where US pretends it can...
    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.
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States has no right to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, the Iranian foreign minister said in a letter to the United Nations, calling on members of the Security Council to reject Washington's push. "The letter has been submitted to the head of U.N. Security Council by Iran's envoy," state TV quoted the foreign ministry as saying. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has directed him to trigger 'snapback' of all U.N. sanctions on Iran at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    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'...
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to the UN Thursday to activate a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing international sanctions on Iran, in a disputed move that threatens the Iranian nuclear deal. Pompeo will tell the Security Council president, currently Indonesia, at a 2:00 pm (1600 GMT) meeting that the US is triggering the so-called “snapback” procedure, which its European allies are set to contest. The move widens the gulf between the US and the other permanent members of the Security Council on Iran policy that began when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord with Tehran in 2018. The procedure, never before used, comes after the US suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council last week...
    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...
    By MATTHEW LEE, DEB RIECHMANN and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and possibly deal a fatal blow to one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. At President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the world body that the U.S. is invoking the “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and possibly deal a fatal blow to one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. At President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the world body that the U.S. is invoking the “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran,” Trump said on Wednesday. “It’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to demand the restoration of all international sanctions on Iran in a move that will further isolate the U.S. at the United Nations, test the credibility of the U.N. Security Council and possibly deal a fatal blow to one of former President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements. At President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the world body that the U.S. is invoking the “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran,” Trump said on Wednesday. “It’s...
    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...
    The United States will initiate a controversial procedure called “snapback” at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday in a bid to unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran. AFP answers key questions surrounding the unprecedented legal measure, which America’s European allies oppose and which threatens the Iranian nuclear deal. – What’s the background to this? – In 2015, after long negotiations, the permanent members of the Security Council (the US, China, Russia, France and Britain) plus Germany signed a historic nuclear accord with Iran. The agreement saw the UN lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons. The deal, signed in Vienna and known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),...
    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will activate a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing UN sanctions on Iran, escalating a row with European allies that has huge repercussions for the Iranian nuclear deal. Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the United Nations Security Council that the US is triggering the so-called “snapback” procedure, which Britain, France and Germany say it doesn’t have the right to do. “It’s a snapback, not uncommon,” Trump told reporters, despite the contested measure having never been used before. The move comes after the United States suffered a humiliating defeat at the Security Council last week when it failed to muster support for a resolution to extend...
    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...
    President Trump said his administration will call for all United Nations sanctions against Iran be reimposed after the U.S. failed to extend a U.N. arms embargo. “Today, I am directing the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to notify the U.N. security council that the United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran,” Trump said during a Wednesday evening news briefing. U.N. Security Council members Russia and China both oppose the U.S. move to "snap back" sanctions, as Trump described it. Pompeo said on Wednesday that the resumption of sanctions would “be a fully valid, enforceable U.N. Security Council resolution.” This story is developing and will be updated....
    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...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump: US demands restoration of all UN sanctions against 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.
    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned a mutiny in Mali and urged the soldiers involved to immediately release all government officials they had detained and and return to their barracks without delay. The 15-member council was briefed after soldiers ousted Mali’s president in a coup. Those soldiers promised on Wednesday to oversee elections within a “reasonable” time and moved swiftly to hold talks with one of the West African nation’s most influential power brokers. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the US would “soon” activate a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing UN sanctions on Iran, despite opposition from its European allies. The so-called “snapback” procedure, which President Donald Trump has said will be triggered this week, threatens to plunge the UN Security Council into crisis and has repercussions for the Iran nuclear deal. “The president has made it clear we’re going to do that soon and we will,” Pompeo told reporters in Washington, declining to confirm a specific date. The “snapback” aims to restore all international sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the 2015 accord with Tehran that sought to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Trump withdrew the US...
    (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 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...
    The United Nations Security Council last week rejected a U.S. effort to extend a 13-year-old embargo on Iran imports and exports of conventional weapons, including aircraft and tanks in and out of the Middle Eastern country. Permanent members China and Russia - who have veto power - verbally rejected the endeavor in advance, while of the 15 countries in the UN Security Council, only the Dominican Republic joined the U.S. in backing the overture. Prominent U.S. allies Britain, Germany and France abstained from the vote. The years-long embargo is set to expire Oct. 18, so what exactly does the failure to extend it mean? It was seemingly a doomed effort from the beginning. The U.S. proposition to extend the arms embargo would...