US defeated by corpse of JCPOA: Zarif

Tasnim – The US is no more a dominant power in the world, a clear sign of which was its failure to win the UNSC vote for extending an arms embargo on Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, noting that the corpse of the 2015 nuclear deal beat the US.

Speaking at a televised program on Monday evening, Foreign Minister Zarif said the era when the US was a powerful country in the world is now over.

He also said that the corpse of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) could defeat the US, because the world feels that the US has stood against the international community by scrapping the nuclear deal and violating the UNSC Resolution 2231.

The United States has made miscalculations in major international issues, Zarif added, saying the UN Security Council’s recent move to reject a US-drafted resolution against Iran was a result of the latest miscalculation made by the US.

The UNSC session on the extension of an arms embargo against Iran was one of the few cases where Europeans did not support Americans, he said, stressing, “The Americans showed that they have made a miscalculation and bogged themselves down in a quagmire they had created.”

“The Americans had planned for one and a half years to get the UN arms embargo against Iran extended at the Security Council. They had prepared a resolution with 35 articles since one year ago, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Secretary of State and Brian Hook visited regional states and Europe to have the resolution passed, but they well showed their failure,” Zarif said, Press TV reported.

He said the US finally decided to decrease its 35-article resolution to four paragraphs in order to convince the Security Council to vote for the extension, but all they got was two ‘yes’ votes.

On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously rejected a US resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October in line with a landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that Iran clinched with six world powers in 2015.

The resolution needed support from nine of 15 votes to pass. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only “yes” votes.