The United Nations–again–thumbing its nose at the Trump Administration as it meets for its annual meeting–which will be held virtually for the first time.
The U.S. seeks to isolate Iran in an effort to encourage a change in the Iranian regime towards a democratic, non-secular, friendly government. As such, the U.S. is reimposing sanctions on the current regime. Yet, the U.N. and many European nations remain defiant–determined to continue trading with Iran and thereby helping to prop up a regime, back by religious extremists, and believed to be quite dangerous to the world.
Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US has reimposed UN sanctions against Iran. This is part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran — designed to increasingly isolate the Iranian regime and, ultimately, force a change in political leadership.
“The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures,” Pompeo writes in a statement. “In addition to the arms embargo, this includes restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development by Iran, and sanctions on the transfer of nuclear- and missile-related technologies to Iran, among others. If UN Member States fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity.”
So, get ready to impose consequences…
Because, as of today, the U.N. and its member states show little interest in complying.
Indeed, multiple countries have rejected the US’s argument that it can reimpose sanctions and, instead, have remained part of the Obama-era Iran deal. Iran is a large source of energy through much of Europe and, as such, the Europeans have been willing to look the other way, in total disregard of U.S. sanctions.
The issue was highlighted at the NCRI Trans-Atlantic Summit on Iranian Policy event on Friday, and addressed by numerous officials including former Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Senator Joe Lieberman, as well as General Jack Keane.
Maryan Rajavi, the President-Elect of the Iranian Resistance (the government entity effectively waiting in the wings to run a free, democratic, non-secular Iran) warned an international group of ambassadors, military officials, and government leaders on Friday at the NCRI’s Iran Policy Summit, that the current Iranian regime could not be appeased and thus it was critical the world be united in its actions to sanction Iran.
“It is a mistake,” she said, “to think that a reduction of international sanctions will result in the regime abandoning its belligerence. Ironically, it was under the auspices of the JCPOA [the Obama era Iran deal] that the Iranian regime’s terrorism ravaged Europe.”
Allowing the current regime access to the International economy, she cautions, is a mistake… adding that, “ten years ago, in a speech at the European Parliment in Brussels on January 25, 2011, I pointed out that giving concessions to this regime, like feeding the crocodile, has made them greedier.”