U.S fails to secure Iran sanctions at UNSC, submits letter that could trigger snapback sanctions

NEW YORK — After the U.S. move at the U.N. Security Council to extend sanctions on Iran failed again on Thursday, U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo submitted a letter to the Security Council accusing Iran of not complying with the 2015 agreement. If a UNSC vote is not held within 30 days of the submission, “snapback” sanctions would be triggered, automatically re-imposing U.N. sanctions in place against Iran prior to the nuclear deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed support for U.S. efforts and called on world powers to support Washington. Netanyahu added that responsible states should support the United States in their quest for a real solution that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Britain, France, and Germany said during Thursday’s UNSC meeting that they could not support U.S. action to re-impose all U.N. sanctions on Iran, saying the U.S. move was incompatible with efforts to support the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The three permanent UNSC members issued a joint statement urging Iran to abandon all actions that were not in line with its obligations under the nuclear agreement and to return to full compliance with the terms of the agreement without delay.

The Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, requested a Security Council meeting on Friday on Iran and a study of developments in the country.