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US triggers effort to restore UN sanctions on Iran

August 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm

General view of the Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on 24 July, 2018 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency]

The United States moved to restore all UN sanctions on Iran on Thursday, arguing Tehran was in violation of a nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 even though Washington itself abandoned that agreement two years ago, Reuters reported.

The United States submitted a letter to the 15-member UN Security Council alleging Iranian non-compliance, in theory starting a 30-day process that could lead to the “snapback” of UN sanctions even though major powers like Russia reject the US stance and say they will not restore economic penalties.

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