UN must hold US to account for illegal sanctions:Khoshroo
The United Nations must hold the United States to account for its "illegal" move to reinstate sanctions on Tehran, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo says.
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"The United Nations and its member states, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the international law, should resist against these wrongful acts and hold the United States accountable for such acts," Khoshroo said in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday.
"The irresponsible conduct of the United States necessitates a collective response by the international community in order to uphold the rule of law, to prevent undermining diplomacy and to protect multilateralism," he added.
The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on Monday the reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after pulling out of the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the podium at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in Washington to unveil what the White House claims will force Iran to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs while rolling back Tehran’s influence in the Middle East region.
The sanctions hit Iran's oil exports, shipping and banking. However, the US agreed to grant waivers to eight countries -- China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey -- on Iranian oil imports.