The United States will request a return or “snapback” of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washingtons bid to extend an arms embargo on the regime.
The U.S. sanction request “will be a fully valid, enforceable U.N. Security Council resolution,” Pompeo said at a press conference on Wednesday in Washington. “We have every expectation that theyll be enforced just like every other U.N. Security Council resolution that is in place.”
“We are confident that every country will see that it is in their best interest that U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 is fully enforced as it is a valid, extant, continuing set of obligations,” Pompeo said.
The United States will submit a complaint to the 15-member U.N. Security Council about Irans non-compliance with the nuclear deal. The Trump administration withdrew from the accord in 2018 citing non-compliance.
President Donald Trump said at a press briefing on Wednesday: “My administration will not allow this Iran nuclear situation to go on.”
The embargo on conventional arms sales was imposed on Iran by the U.N. Security Council with Resolution 2231, which also endorsed the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The “snapback” sanction mechanism is a provision of the U.N. resolution.
Asked about the impact of snapback sanction against Iran, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said at the joint press conference with Pompeo that Iraq has economic, cultural, and political ties with the neighboring country.
“We want to have good relations with our neighbors, provided that nobody interferes in Iraqs affairs and the Iraqi decision will be made by the Iraqis, and we want to protect our alliances and relations with others, including the United States of America,” Hussein said.
Over the weekend, Trump told reporters that the United States probably would not participate in a video summit with the remaining parties to the nuclear deal—Britain, France, China, Germany, and Iran—proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin after the U.N. disapproved the U.S. request to extend the sanctions indefinitely.
A snapback of U.N. sanctions would extend the 13-year arms embargo on Iran, ban Iran from developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and require that Iran suspend its nuclear program.
The U.N. Security Council will have 30 days to vote on a resolution to continue Irans sanctions relief. If such a resolution is not adopted by the deadline, all U.N. sanctions in place before the 2015 nuclear deal would be automatically re-imposed.
Iran began violating the nuclear deal after the United States withdrew from it in 2018 and the Trump administration exerted “