US rebels, says UN sanctions over Iran resumed


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Washington: United States unilaterally proclaims that United Nations sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move other major countries including its allies said lacked legal basis. The so-called snapback announced last month also drew a sharp rebuke from Tehran, which called on the rest of the world to unite against US “reckless actions”.
“Today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. He said the measures were back in effect from 8pm Washington time (0000 GMT Sunday). The Trump administration also promised to “impose consequences” on any UN member state which does not comply with the measures.
The sanctions in question were lifted in 2015 when Iran signed on to an international agreement not to seek to build nuclear weapons.–Agencies