Monday, August 17, 2020

US suffers humiliating UN defeat on Iran arms embargo

Guardian (Aus Ed):

Donald Trump vows 'snapback' over humiliating UN defeat on Iran arms embargo

President says US will unilaterally reinstate sanctions a day after only two countries voted for prolonging embargo

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani spoke of a ‘great success’
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Donald Trump has vowed to use a contentious provision to unilaterally reinstate UN sanctions on Tehran, following what Iran’s president said was a humiliating defeat for the US in its bid to extend an arms embargo on Tehran.

A day after the UN security council overwhelmingly rejected a US resolution to extend the embargo, Trump said at a news conference at his New Jersey golf club: “We’ll be doing a snapback. You’ll be watching it next week.”

The US president was referring to the contested argument that the US remains a “participant” in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – despite Trump’s withdrawal from it – and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.

European allies have been sceptical on whether Washington can force sanctions, however, with experts saying a “snapback” threatens to plunge the council into one of its worst ever diplomatic crises.

Iran’s president said earlier on Saturday that the US had suffered a humiliating defeat when the council voted on the American proposal on Friday.

Russia and China voted against, while 11 members – including France, Germany and Britain – abstained. The US and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour.

“I don’t remember the US preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote,” the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a televised speech. “But the great success was that the US was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation.”

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, wrote: “In the 75 years of United Nations history, America has never been so isolated”, while people on the streets of Tehran had mixed reactions.

“This is an American political game. One day they give a resolution to the security council, the next they say they have taken Iranian fuel,” said a worker at the city’s grand bazaar, who gave his name only as Ahmadi.


  1. 500-yo Bully will likely be democratically dumped by US voters in 77 days but 5,000 yo Leader has plans to rule BullyLand till 2035 and beyond. Bloody-Mir Putin too is Ruler For Life, after messing with their Constitution and rotating President & PM posts with Medvedev for the last 20 years or so.

    European allies like France, UK and Germany are of course 500-yo Bully Allies, but they are not fren-fren with Carrot Head and are biding time till Kamala "Lotus" Harris is elected VP. That's why they did not vote against the US resolution but only abstained.

    1. Still propagating yr blurred farts to the world?

      Mfer, tak lagu lagi lah!

  2. i always thot usa strategy is to armed the evil state so all the neighbors will buy weapon from american? y trump not doing this? odd.

  3. An Iranian nuclear bomb will be primarily a danger to Israel, the destruction of which is Iranian national policy.

    However, it is far more dangerous to Europe than it is to the US, for the simple reason the US has overwhelming deterrence against Iran ever using it against US interests.

  4. Hehehe...the great US of A having a big pie of shit thrown squarely into its bullying face ! We must allow Iran to have its moment of justifiable gloating to vent its anger having to suffer so much at the hands of this BIG BULLY for months now.

    When Trump ordered the immoral and illegal murder of General Qassem Soleimani, he sealed the fate of the US involvement in the Muslim world.

    No one, especially those Muslims in ME, will ever trust this hypocrite bully again. The pig-headed foolishness of pressuring other countries to vote in favour of extending the arms embargo on Iran is just the finishing touches on all the foolishness. "Snapback option" indeed, lol

    Btw, we can safely say that the China-Iran military and trade deal will sail through without a hitch. No amount of sabotaging by the US will derail this fantastic deal....and the best part of this is that no US petroldollar needed to be deployed...China and Iran had devised a barter system of payment : Iranian oil for China in exchange for military hardware and other consumables plus infrastructure expertise from China !
    Genius !

    Eat your evil heart out, AmeriKKKa. Whose daughter are you gonna kidnap now to get some blackmail leverage this time ? Xi's daughter ? Better settle that Huawei's princess kidnapping case first before churning out more Machiavellian deviousness.