Iran’s envoy to UN: maximum pressure continues
TEHRAN – The Iranian envoy to the UN took issue with the United States’ assertion of a strategic shift towards the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, saying Washington is still continuing the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran.
“The US administration’s assertion of a policy shift towards the JCPOA is rhetorical. In reality, the US policy of maximum pressure remains in place, prohibiting Iran from using its own financial resources abroad to acquire drugs, ”he said, referring to the nuclear deal by its official term, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“While the ongoing talks in Vienna are the first step in assessing the correctness of the United States’ true political will to return to the JCPOA, the main and true test will come after verification, when it is proven that America changed course, abandoned its maximum pressure political failure, and ended its economic terrorism against Iran. “
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018, and his administration launched a “maximum pressure” campaign with the stated aim of forcing Iran to renegotiate “a better deal.”
The Islamic Republic refused to give in to the pressure; instead, he adopted the policy of “maximum resistance” which included economic measures to counter bans, such as reducing dependence on oil revenues.
The current US government, led by Joe Biden, claims to want to right Trump’s wrongs and join the deal, but it displays a strong preference for maintaining some of the bans as a leverage tool.
Before the Islamic Republic reverses its corrective measures, Tehran calls for all sanctions to be verifiably lifted.
Takht Ravanchi further stated: “The UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a deadly silence in early 2020, when the United States martyred regional heroes in the fight against terrorism, including General Soleimani, in a terrorist act on the direct instruction of its president. Days later, the US president threatened to bomb 52 sites, including key cultural sites in Iran.
“Of course, when the United States proposed a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on Iran that same year, 13 members of the Security Council unequivocally rejected it.”
When the Trump administration attempted to use the stimulus mechanism against Iran, the same 13 UNSC members rejected the US effort. They said the United States lost its right to invoke the early return mechanism following its withdrawal from the JCPOA.
Emissaries from Iran and the P4 + 1 group of countries – Britain, France, Russia and China, as well as Germany – have met in Vienna since April to discuss the removal of sanctions, renewal of the JCPOA and the United States’ compliance.
The United States has sent a delegation to Vienna, but it will not participate directly in the JCPOA joint committee meetings because Washington is no longer a party to the agreement. However, it conducted separate negotiations with the other parties to the JCPOA.
SA / AP