Iran hailed the vote of the UN Security Council which rejected a US offer to extend an arms embargo to the Islamic Republic, saying Washington had “never been so isolated.”
In Friday’s Security Council vote, the United States only got support from the Dominican Republic for its resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo against Iran, leaving it well below nine votes. “Yes” minimum required for adoption.
Eleven members of the 15-member body, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, abstained.
“In the 75-year history of the United Nations, America has never been so isolated,” tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.
“Despite all the travel, the pressure and the hawking, the United States could only mobilize a small country (to vote) with them,” he added, referring to the failed efforts of the secretary of US State Mike Pompeo to rally support for a US resolution. .
The embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran is set to expire on Oct. 18 under a resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
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Also reacting to the vote, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, said the Council’s message meant “no to unilateralism”.
“The United States must learn from this debacle. An attempted resumption of sanctions is illegal and has been rejected by the international community, as was evident today, ”he added.
Assed Baig of Al Jazeera, who reports from Tehran, said Iran viewed the vote as a “diplomatic victory over the United States,” adding that Tehran would have reacted strongly if the arms embargo was extended.
“President Hassan Rouhani had promised an overwhelming response if the arms embargo was extended. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the US approach was flawless and unpredictable, ”he said.
“The Iranians therefore see this vote as a victory and will use it to show how little support the United States has in its approach to Iran. ”
Prior to the vote, Iran issued a warning to the United States after issuing the resolution that would indefinitely extend a UN arms embargo in Tehran.
Rouhani said there would be “consequences” if the UN Security Council supported the new US resolution.
“We have high hopes that America will fail,” Rouhani said at a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday. “We have high hopes that America will realize its failure and see its isolation. ”
President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018, escalating tensions between longtime rivals.
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