Iran calls suspension of UN voting rights “unacceptable and totally unjustified”
After the UN suspended Iran’s voting rights in the General Assembly, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the decision “totally unacceptable and totally unjustified”. Zarif expressed his “deep dismay” at the loss of voting rights in a letter to UN chief Antonio Guterres. He said Iran rejected the suspension of its voting rights because “Tehran’s inability to transfer its financial contribution was completely beyond its control.”
Iran’s voting rights at the UNGA were suspended in January under rules applicable to countries with arrears equal to or greater than their contributions due over the past two years. Tehran, on the other hand, argues that the $ 16.2 million it owes the UN is the result of Washington’s crippling sanctions, which were imposed after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
Today, May 28, Guterres, in a letter to UNGA, said five nations were barred from voting due to their non-payment of arrears. However, he also added that the UN could allow them to vote if this was judged “due to conditions beyond the control” of the member state.
In response, Zarif wrote: “Iran’s inability to meet its financial obligations to the United Nations is directly caused by ‘unlawful unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States’.
Iran urges UN to “stay true to principles and purpose”
Iran’s foreign minister then urged UN leaders to “remain true to the purpose and principles” of the UN charter. He also called on the agency to “refrain from any decision that would betray the spirit of sovereign equality of member states and weaken multilateralism”. In addition, he wrote that Iran would continue to make every effort to settle the arrears of payment of its financial contribution as soon as the underlying condition imposed, namely “illegal and unilateral coercive measures” by the United States, will be lifted.
Meanwhile, the United States’ withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and the reimposition of sanctions led Iran to step up its nuclear activities. At present, US President Joe Biden has signaled that he is ready to revive the deal. World powers, on the other hand, have been meeting in Vienna since early April with the aim of doing so, with a new round of talks set to begin next week.