The closest allies of the United States, on Thursday, rejected the Trump Administration request for the U.N. to restore sanctions against Iran. These sanctions are scheduled to expire in October.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to New York to press the members of the U.N. Security Council, as well as Germany, to enact sanctions against Iran in retaliation for their violations of the 2015 agreement governing its nuclear program.
Despite that pressure, Britain, France and Germany rejected the proposal on Thursday, hours after Russia and China, also members of the Security Council, expressed outrage at Trump’s intentions to invoke that part of the deal.
U.N. Resolution 2231 endorsed the 2015 deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It established the rules for inspecting Iran’s nuclear program and included provisions for reimposing sanctions if Tehran violated the agreement.
In a joint statement on Thursday, France, Germany and the U.K. said the U.S. attempts to reimpose sanctions were “incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPOA” and called on all members of the Security Council to refrain from actions “that would only deepen divisions.”
Pompeo and other senior Trump administration officials have asserted that the language of the resolution is clear, regardless of whether or not the U.S. has stood by it in recent years.
Pompeo on Thursday castigated the members of the council, including the Western allies, for their failure to more closely support the U.S.
“No country but the United States has had the courage, the conviction to put forward a resolution. Instead they chose to side with the ayatollahs. Their actions endanger the people of Iraq, of Yemen, of Lebanon, of Syria, and indeed their own citizens as well,” Pompeo said.