During the Obama administration, the US was one of the six signatories to the deal signed with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Once Trump came into office, his goal seemed to be to repeal everything that his predecessor had done and so the US walked away from the deal. But now the US wants to invoke one of the provisions of the deal that requires the UN to re-impose sanctions on Iran after they expire on October 30 that would be obligatory on all member states.
But the UN has said no, that by walking away from the deal, the US has forfeited any standing in its application, leaving the US ambassador railing ineffectively.
The president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has said it was “not in position to take further action” on a bid by the United States to trigger “snapback” sanctions against Iran.
Indonesia’s UN Ambassador, Dian Triansyah Djani, whose country is presiding over the UNSC for August, made the remark on Tuesday while responding to a question from Russia and China during a council meeting on the Middle East.
The move by the UNSC president drew an angry rebuke from the US ambassador to the UN, who accused the opposing countries of supporting the “terrorists”.
This issue has exposed how much Trump has alienated even the strongest allies of the US because 13 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council are opposed to the US move. That includes even its NATO allies, France, the UK, Germany, and Belgium. Only the Dominican Republic sided with the US.
The US is like a spoiled child that storms away from his team because he did not get his way, then still demands a say in how the game is played, and then stamps their feet when the others tell him no.