Iran sanctions: Trump threatens to unilaterally reimpose UN measures

Iran sanctions: Trump threatens to unilaterally reimpose UN measures

  • US to activate controversial ‘snapback’ procedure, which Britain, France and Germany say it doesn’t have the right to do

President Donald Trump has announced that secretary of state Mike Pompeo will activate a controversial mechanism aimed at reimposing UN sanctions on Iran, escalating a row with European allies that has huge repercussions for the Iranian nuclear deal.

Pompeo will travel to New York on Thursday to notify the UN security council that the US is triggering the so-called “snapback” procedure, which Britain, France and Germany say it doesn’t have the right to do.

“It’s a snapback, not uncommon,” Trump told reporters, despite the contested measure having never been used before.

The move comes after the United States suffered a humiliating defeat at the security council last week when it failed to muster support for a resolution to extend a conventional arms embargo on Iran.

“Snapback” aims to restore all international sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the 2015 accord with Tehran that sought to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.