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Washington unilaterally reimposes UN sanctions on Iran despite opposition from UN Security Council members – including US allies

Pompeo announced the unilateral return of virtually all UN sanctions against Iran late on Saturday, hailing the development as “great news for peace in the region”. 

He went on, threatening any nation that refuses to comply with Washington on the matter with “consequences”, according to the official statement.

Pompeo promised to announce measures against those who defy those “obligations” 

However, Washington’s NATO allies UK, France and Germany have strongly opposed the move in a letter to the UN Security Council cited by AFP. 

Any decision or action taken with a view to re-installing [the sanctions] would be incapable of legal effect.

Hours before Pompeo’s announcement, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community to stand against the Trump administration’s latest move against Tehran.

Washington’s unilaterally-imposed UN sanctions on Iran are in force starting at 00:00 GMT on Sunday. 

Tensions between Iran and the US re-ignited after the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. The aggreement was aiming at halting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. It was signed by Iran, US, Russia, China, UK, Germany and France. 

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