The Trump administration intends to declare U.N. sanctions reimposed on Iran in the coming days, a month after it triggered a “snapback” mechanism in the Security Council resolution pertaining to the Iran nuclear deal — but the move is likely to be ignored by a number of countries, including U.S. allies.
“We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference with the U.K. foreign minister Wednesday. “We believe deeply that this is good for the peoples of all nations.”
Pompeo went to the U.N. last month to trigger the “snapback” mechanism in Security Council Resolution 2231 — the resolution that enshrined the Iran nuclear deal. The mechanism triggers a 30-day countdown to the reimposition of most expired or expiring U.N. sanctions against the theocratic regime, including an arms embargo due to expire in October as part of the 2015 accord.