Trump faces isolation attempting to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran

2020-09-19 17:30:57
Trump faces isolation attempting to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump utilized the collective power of the United Nations to impose crushing sanctions on North Korea in a bid to start talks with Pyongyang, but faces frustration over a similar push on Iran, according to Reuters.

While the U.N. Security Council was unified on North Korea, there is almost total opposition to the Trump administration’s assertion that it has triggered a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, Reuters said in a report Saturday.

Washington said it took action at the 15-member Security Council last month that it said would lead to a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran this weekend. The U.N. sanction expire in October.

But 13 Security Council members, including America’s long-time allies, said the U.S. move has no legal effect and diplomats say few countries are likely to implement the measures, which were lifted under the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump plans to issue an executive order allowing him to impose U.S. sanctions on anyone who engages in arms deals with Iran.

The report cited four sources familiar on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Earlier this week, U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington would be seeking to reimpose U.N. sanctions, including the arms embargo, despite failed attempts at the UN Security Council.

Diplomats expect Iran to be a focus when Trump addresses the annual U.N. meeting of world leaders on Tuesday from the White House.

It will be the fourth U.N. speech by Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3 and espouses an “America first” approach often at odds with the multilateralism that governs the world body.

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