Zarif: Presence in UNGA, unique chance for diplomacy

IRNA – Iran’s foreign minister described Tuesday the presence in the upcoming UN General Assembly as a “unique opportunity” for country’s diplomacy.

The 73rd UN General Assembly, which will officially open on September 18 and be held at the highest level in New York, is a proper opportunity for the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to declare the country’s viewpoints, Mohammad Javad Zarif said on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an exhibition in the Iranian capital city.

In addition to addressing the 73rd UNGA, President Rouhani is scheduled to hold several bilateral and multilateral meetings in New York, Zarif added.

Commenting on the news released recently that the US President Donald Trump is to chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran, Zarif said it seems that the American officials have reconsidered their plan.

If the US holds such meeting about Iran at the UNSC in the presence of the Iranian officials, it will not only be against the international norms, but it also will turn into a trail of the United States because Washington is the one who violated the Council’s only resolution against Iran (Resolution 2231) and is compelling other countries to do so, Zarif said.

According to the UN Security Council, Resolution 2231 (2015) provides for the termination of the provisions of previous Security Council resolutions on the Iranian nuclear issue and establishes specific restrictions that apply to all States without exception. Member States are obligated under Article 25 of the Charter of the United Nations to accept and carry out the Security Council’s decisions.

“This ballyhoo comes from US due to other countries’ resistance,” Zarif said.

US president pulled out his country from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8 while his move raised the world leaders’, particularly the Europeans’, criticism.

The US is threatening other countries everyday telling them be careful of their relations with Iran. These are not a sign of the US power, but an indication of its weakness,” Zarif said adding that none of the countries has been following the US orders, but instead resisted against them.

According to reports, the United States has been trying to put pressure on the Asian and African states to decrease oil imports from Iran, and this is while some countries including India, Japan and Turkey still resist the pressure.

Following its withdrawal from the JCPOA on May 8, the US has given 90 to 180 wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing sanctions on Tehran on November 4.