Pompeo Rebukes Allies Who Oppose Sanctions on Iran

US plans to unilaterally enforce sanctions whether they exist or not

The United States and other members of the UN Security Council are angry tonight at the US push for “snapback” sanctions on Iran, built around the US dictating what’s going to happen, and the rest of the world seeing the attempt as unseemly.

Pompeo says the move amounts to American leadership, and everyone’s resistance will be viewed as siding with the ayatollahs. Other nations said that in withdrawing from the deal and then trying to use the deal against the parties within it, the US was being “unpleasant.”

The US is arguing that they are still sort of part of the P5+1 nuclear deal, despite publicly disavowing it. The deal had a secret clause allowing the US to force the introduction of a UN resolution on Iran sanctions relief, and then argues that once they veto it, the sanctions will all be de facto back to pre-deal levels.

The legality is questionable, at best, but Pompeo says it really doesn’t matter, because the US intends to enforce the sanctions as though they are a thing whether or not they are able to push it through the UN in a quasi-legal manner.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.