UN Security Council Rejects US Snapback Sanctions on Iran

US says opposition has no legal impact

The UN Security Council has rejected as US demand for snapback sanctions against Iran, with Indonesia’s ambassador, the rotating council president, citing near universal opposition on the council to the US interpretation.

The method for snapback sanctions was built into the P5+1 nuclear deal, and the US argues that they are still technically party to the deal, at least for the sake of doing things to Iran. The US withdrew from the deal in 2018 and ceased meeting its own obligations, and the other nations don’t consider them a party anymore.

Last week, the parties expressed opposition almost universally, saying the US measures were unacceptable. US officials say the opposition has no legal impact on their snapback sanctions. The US has vowed to enforce the sanctions whether they pass or not.

People have been warning from the start that this effort could split the council. If nothing else it reflects the US isolation, as their anti-Iran measures are securing only 1-2 votes lately.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.