“I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it only receives one voice,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech. “But the great success has been that the United States has been defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation. ”
The UN arms embargo against Iran is set to expire under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which lifted numerous international sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018.“This is a serious mistake, we regret it,” Pompeo said on Saturday of the Security Council’s vote at a press conference during a visit to Poland.
The United States could follow through on a threat to trigger a return to all UN sanctions against Iran by using a provision of the nuclear deal, known as a snapback. Diplomats have said the United States could do so as early as next week, but will face an uphill and messy battle.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the Security Council’s decision not to extend the arms embargo against Iran could lead to further instability in the Middle East.
“The extremist regime in Iran does not only finance terrorism: it takes an active part in terrorism through its branches around the world and uses it as a political tool. This behavior represents a danger to regional and international stability, ”Ashkenazi said in a statement on Saturday.
The Security Council vote followed a proposal made by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit of world leaders to avoid a “confrontation” over the US threat to trigger a return of all UN sanctions against Tehran.