Republic of Ireland fails to support USA on arms embargo of Iran at UN Security Council.
U.S. Resolution to Extend Iran Arms Embargo Trounced 11 Abstain, 2 Yes, 2 No
U.S. Ambassador to the UN said the U.S. will be taking action next week to re-impose all UN sanctions on Iran
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday rejected a US resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran which is set to expire in October this year.
Only two of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor, highlighting the division between Washington and its European allies since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord in May 2018.
The result increases the likelihood that the US will try to unilaterally force a return of UN sanctions, which experts say threatens to plunge the Council into one of its worst-ever diplomatic crises.
“The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
The embargo on conventional arms is due to expire on October 18 under the terms of a resolution that blessed the Iran nuclear deal, signed in July 2015 and officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran says it has the right to self-defense and that a continuation of the ban would mean an end to the nuclear deal.
Ambassador Gunter Sautter of Germany, which abstained, said “more consultations are needed” to find a solution that is acceptable to all council members.
During a call between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, the leaders “discussed the urgent need for UN action to extend the arms embargo on Iran.”
Pompeo announced that members had failed to back the proposal around 30 minutes before Indonesia, the current president of the Security Council, announced that the official results included two votes against and 11 abstentions.
SecPompeo: The U.S. will put forward a resolution in the Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran. One way or another, we will do the right thing. We will ensure that the embargo is extended.
Russia and China opposed the resolution