UN mission shrugs off report of new US sanctions on Iran

Tasnim – The spokesman for Iran’s UN mission reacted to a report that the US is going to impose new sanctions on dozens of people tied to Iran’s arms industry, saying such moves would not change the fact about the humiliating failure of Washington’s maximum pressure policy.

In comments on Monday, Alireza Miryousefi said any new American sanctions against Iran would only thrust more isolation upon the US.

He was responding to a report from Reuters that the US on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs.

Miryousefi said the US’ show of maximum pressure that includes propaganda actions almost every week has ended in a “clear humiliating failure”, stressing that new US actions will not change the reality.

“The whole world has realized that such measures are part of the upcoming (US presidential) election campaign, and the world ignores the US’ ridiculous claims at the UN today. Such measures would only make the US more isolated in the international arena,” the spokesman added.

The report of new sanctions came after the US government failed to attract support from the UN Security Council for a resolution to re-impose the UN sanction on Iran by resorting to the so-called snapback mechanism of the 2015 nuclear deal, which the US scrapped in 2018.

Washington says it has unilaterally triggered the snapback mechanism for resumption of virtually all UN sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo.

All other parties to the JCPOA and nearly all UN Security Council members have said they do not believe the US has the right to re-impose the UN sanctions and that the US move has no legal effect.

On Friday, Britain, France and Germany told the Security Council that UN sanctions relief for Iran – agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal – would continue beyond Sunday, despite Washington’s assertion.