Security Council Members Defeat Trump Regime Scheme to Extend Arms embargo on Iran
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
There never was any doubt.
On Friday, the Trump regime's scheme to prevent legitimate foreign arms sales to Iran crashed and burned at the Security Council in humiliating fashion.
Only virtual US colony the Dominican Republic supported the unacceptable scheme.
US bullying, bribes and threats failed to win over the other 13 SC member states.
Britain, France, Germany, and eight other members of the body abstained. Russia and China voted against the Trump regime's scheme.
The 13-year ban expires on October 18, according to what P5+1 countries agreed on as part of the JCPOA nuclear deal.
In response to Friday's vote as expected, loose cannon Pompeo responded to the overwhelming US defeat with a litany of bald-faced Big Lies, his specialty.
Calling the unacceptable
Trump regime resolution "reasonable (sic)," once again he turned truth on its head, falsely accusing Iran of being "the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism (sic)."
The dubious distinction indisputably applies to the US, to NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners as well in supporting roles — waging forever wars on humanity by hot and other means, risking WW III by their recklessness.
As long as Trump remains US president, Pompeo serving as his Svengali, he'll continue going all-out to harm Iran's 84 million people in pursuing his diabolical aims.
In response to Friday's vote, China's UN envoy Zhang Jun said the result "once again shows that unilateralism receives no support and bullying will fail."
Defiantly, Trump regime UN envoy Kelly Kraft falsely claimed that the US has "every right (sic) to initiate" the snapback reimposition of Security Council sanctions on Iran, adding:
"In the coming days, the (Trump regime) will follow through on that (threat) to stop at nothing to extend the arms embargo."
Having unlawfully abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018, Trump, Pompeo, and their underlings have no legal say over its implementation, including no right to invoke the snapback provision that cannot be vetoed by SC members if legally initiated.
Only parties to the JCPOA can invoke it — now the P4+1, excluding the US that unlawfully breached the agreement by abandoning it, flagrantly violating international and constitutional law by its action.
By pulling out of the Security Council adopted agreement, the Trump regime forfeited its say on how it's implemented.
Iran's UN envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi warned the US, saying:
"Imposition of any sanctions or restrictions on Iran by the Security Council will be met severely by Iran and our options are not limited."
"And the United States and any entity which may assist it or acquiesce in its illegal behavior will bear the full responsibility."
Because of escalating Trump regime war on Iran by other means with concern about things possibly turning hot, Vladimir Putin issued the following statement, saying in part:
"Debates around the Iranian issue within the UN Security Council are becoming increasingly strained."
"Tensions are running high. Iran faces groundless accusations."
"Russia maintains its unwavering commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program."
"Like anywhere else in the world, there is no place for blackmail or dictate in this region, no matter the source" — a strong denunciation of recklessly dangerous Trump regime policies toward Iran and other nations free from US imperial control.
Because of the major threat to world peace posed by Trump regime hardliners, Putin proposed "convening an online meeting of the heads of state of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, with the participation of the heads of Germany and Iran, as soon as possible, in order to outline steps that can prevent confrontation or a spike in tensions within the UN Security Council."
Knowing diplomatic outreach to the US is futile, notably with hardliners in charge of Trump's geopolitical agenda, Putin hopes to enlist support from other SC permanent members plus Germany to prevent events from spinning out of control.
Stressing that "(t)his is an urgent matter," he's well aware of the Trump regime's reckless geopolitical agenda that risks greater hot wars than already — notably in the Middle East and South China Sea.
Asked if he'll participate, Trump said "I hear there's something, but I haven't been told of it yet."
On Friday, Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzya said the Kremlin consistently opposes attempts to impose an "arms embargo" on Iran through the Security Council.
The "US proposal (to extend it) is a clear violation of Annex B of UN Security Council resolution 2231."
It "clearly stipulates that the only legitimate way to revise the timeline for the above-mentioned regime of arms transfer is the consensus decision of the JCPOA Joint Commission."
The Trump regime "forfeited the right to make use of this instrument since it deliberately (and illegally) withdrew from the (JCPOA) in 2018 and never made secret out of it."
Nebenzya circulated Putin's proposal for leaders of permanent SC members plus Germany to convene online to deescalate regional tensions and prevent unacceptable actions that could explode in war.
"This must be avoided," Nebenzya stressed, adding:
"Russia is ready to work constructively with all parties interested in taking the situation back from the dangerous brink."
Militantly hostile to peace and stability Pompeo risks pushing things toward greater Middle East war than already.
Will Britain, France and Germany act cooperatively with Russia and China against his recklessly dangerous agenda?
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