On Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that risks increasing Washington’s isolation but also international tensions.
In a statement US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “The United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
According to him, the measures were “back in effect” from 8:00 pm Washington time (0000 GMT Sunday).
The government of US President Donald Trump also promised to impose consequences” on any UN member state which does not comply with the sanctions, even though it is one of the only countries in the world which believes they are in force.
The threat is formidable: those deemed to be in defiance by Washington will be denied access to the US financial system and markets.
Pompeo stated: “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.”
He promised that measures would be announced in coming days against violators.