China, Russia presumably against US bid to extend arms embargo on Iran, envoy says

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China and Russia are likely to veto an American effort to extend a United Nations arms embargo against Iran before it expires in October, said US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft.


Although the US circulated a resolution to Security Council members last month to continue the embargo, Craft said on Tuesday the US had little faith it could bring Russia and China around. That could spell a crisis at the UN, with Craft and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo threatening to invoke a “snapback” provision in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to reimpose all UN sanctions against Tehran.

“The strategy in a perfect world will always be to have them abstain and obviously not veto,” the US resolution, Craft said at the annual Aspen Security Forum held online.

“However, let’s be realistic here. Right now the strategy is working with other members of the Security Council” to put China and Russia “in a corner and shine a light on them”.

“Everyone is going to know this is a choice between tyranny and freedom,” she said.

The ban on arms deals with Iran is set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 agreement, which US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of in 2018. The Trump administration maintains that quitting the deal does not prevent it from invoking the provision to snap back sanctions that had been lifted.

Several diplomats say that France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are trying to negotiate a solution that might prevent the US from taking such a step, but that no clear compromise has emerged.

South China Morning Post



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China, Russia presumably against US bid to extend arms embargo on Iran, envoy says

2020/08/1596623151.jpg
Read: 715     14:39     05 August 2020    

China and Russia are likely to veto an American effort to extend a United Nations arms embargo against Iran before it expires in October, said US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft.


Although the US circulated a resolution to Security Council members last month to continue the embargo, Craft said on Tuesday the US had little faith it could bring Russia and China around. That could spell a crisis at the UN, with Craft and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo threatening to invoke a “snapback” provision in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to reimpose all UN sanctions against Tehran.

“The strategy in a perfect world will always be to have them abstain and obviously not veto,” the US resolution, Craft said at the annual Aspen Security Forum held online.

“However, let’s be realistic here. Right now the strategy is working with other members of the Security Council” to put China and Russia “in a corner and shine a light on them”.

“Everyone is going to know this is a choice between tyranny and freedom,” she said.

The ban on arms deals with Iran is set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 agreement, which US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of in 2018. The Trump administration maintains that quitting the deal does not prevent it from invoking the provision to snap back sanctions that had been lifted.

Several diplomats say that France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are trying to negotiate a solution that might prevent the US from taking such a step, but that no clear compromise has emerged.

South China Morning Post



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