Trump humiliated at UN, One nation only joins US in Iran weapons vote (CIA Owned Dominican Republic)

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Guardian: The US has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations, as its proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran won support from only the Dominican Republic at the security council vote.

The US resolution was never likely to be passed in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition. It was proposed as a ploy by the Trump administration to open the way to more drastic action against Iran.

But the scale of the defeat on Friday underlined US isolation on the world stage ahead of a major diplomatic confrontation that threatens to consume the security council and further sap its authority.

The US stripped anti-Iran rhetoric from earlier drafts of the resolution in the hope of recruiting more supporters, but its insistence that an extension to the UN embargo would be indefinite made that impossible. Estonia and Tunisia withstood eleventh-hour US pressure to support the revised draft, a measure of diminished American clout at the UN. Russia and China voted against the resolution, the US and the Dominican Republic voted in favour, and all the other council members abstained.

In his response to the vote, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, lashed out at other member states.“The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” he said in a statement issued even before the result of the vote had been declared.

The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has a mechanism that allows any of the parties to the agreement to “snap back” UN sanctions on Iran.

UN Security Council rejects US resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

United Nations Security Council members attend a meeting at UN headquarters in New York, December 18, 2018. (Reuters file photo)

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a US resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October, as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over an American threat to trigger a return of all  UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“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 on Friday before the Security Council announced the results of the vote.

The United States has become isolated over Iran at the Security Council following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the multilateral Iran nuclear deal 2018.

Iran has said that the US resolution will fail to gain the required support at the Security Council, pointing out that Washington has no legal right to invoke a snapback mechanism to reinstate sanctions against Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal that the US unilaterally left in May 2018.

“Legally speaking, the United States is no position to use the snapback [mechanism]. The three European allies of the United States also explicitly stated at a previous meeting of the UN Security Council that the United States could not use this mechanism,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York called on the Security Council to withstand the “illegal” and “ill-intentioned” move by the United States to extend the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

The US has stepped up attempts aimed at extending the UN arms ban on Iran that is set to expire as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which has been endorsed by Security Council Resolution 2231.

US resolution receives only two ‘yes’ votes

Despite the changes in the US resolution, Security Council members were expected to reject the effort, which sought to extend the arms embargo on Iran indefinitely.

Diplomats feared that the resolution would threaten the Iran nuclear agreement.

Washington failed to receive nine votes in favor of the measure, removing the need for Russia and China to wield their vetoes which they had indicated they were prepared to do.

Russia and China are two of the Security Council’s five permanent members, who have veto rights, and among the remaining parties to the JCPOA.

 

 

The resolution needed support from nine of 15 votes to pass. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only “yes” votes.

The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened to trigger the so-called snapback provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal if it cannot secure an arms embargo extension.

Since leaving the JCPOA, the US has been resorting to its maximum pressure campaign against Iran by reinstating its sanctions and persuading others to follow its suit.

Putin proposes a summit of world leaders

Russian President Putin on Friday proposed a video summit with the United States and the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement – Britain, France, China, Germany and Iran – to avoid further “confrontation and escalation” at the United Nations between Washington and Tehran.

“The issue is urgent,” Putin said, adding that the alternative was “only further escalation of tensions, increasing risk of conflict – such a scenario must be avoided.”

 

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. well, if there was some doubt about the collapse of the u.s dollar, come years end, i suspect thats been watered done some now

  2. A lot of things can happen but Trump will never admit a mistake , you will see Trump cussing the blame on someone else , Trump humiliated never , you’ll see the whole USA embarrassed but Trump standing tall coz*** none is my fault ***

  3. And finally this; by abstaining, “those” Security Council members not only failed to man up to their true intentions, they awarded themselves a badge of shameful timidity, rather than like the Dominicans who at least attained for themselves a false sense of honor by voting courageously “their” convictions.

  4. Garry, I should have been clearer.
    …..cks refers to the fence sitters on the U.N. Security Council.
    If a countries’ abstention is clearly a signal of non-support, that everyone knows, they might as well have had the guts to say so.
    If you mean “no,” just say NO.

  5. In the case of the UN-SC, you could add the letters ……cks to to your final assessment; situation normal all f-ing chicken sh.ts.

  6. All the 15 countries intelligence arms know full well Israel just nuked Beirut with excuse Iranian weapons stored by Hezbollah were in the harbor.
    Probably imagined to be deep underground too so they “had to” use a modern nuclear bunker buster missle.
    But it seems all parties want the coverup 2750 tons of smelly bullshit story to stick, to avoid retaliation from Hezbollah or more attacks by Israel, and an eventual nuclear war in middle east.
    The UN vote is good thing for world peace as Iran needs to defend itself from anymore nuclear missle attacks and an arms embargo would make them easy target.
    They need more Russian S400s, S500s anti missle systems and the S600s systems coming up.

  7. ““The council has failed in its role of protecting peace and security,” says Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan”” This from a person whose nation uses nuclear weapons on its neighbors. The height of hypocrisy, which is the hallmark of Zionism.

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