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Iran urges UN to take action against Washington, as sanctions restart

Tehran urges world to hold Trump administration accountable for ‘irresponsible conduct,’ but diplomats say no plans to raise US pullout from nuclear deal in Security Council

Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the former US Embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018, marking the anniversary of its storming by student protesters that triggered a hostage crisis in 1979. (ATTA KENARE/AFP)
Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the former US Embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018, marking the anniversary of its storming by student protesters that triggered a hostage crisis in 1979. (ATTA KENARE/AFP)

Iran on Monday urged the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for re-imposing sanctions on Tehran, branding the measures illegal and in violation of a Security Council resolution.

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the “irresponsible conduct of the United States necessitates a collective response to uphold the rule of law.”

“The United Nations and its member-states, in accordance with the charter of the United Nations and the international law, should resist against these wrongful acts and hold the United States accountable for such acts,” he added.

President Donald Trump’s administration re-imposed sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, after pulling out of the international agreement reached between Iran, the United States and five other powers: Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia.

Iranians drivers fill their tanks at a gas station in the capital Tehran, on November 5, 2018. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)

The sanctions hit oil exports, shipping and banking. Eight waivers to the ban on Iranian oil imports were issued to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey.

The nuclear deal was unanimously endorsed by a Security Council resolution, which means it is legally binding.

Diplomats, however, said there were no plans to raise the US sanctions at the council for the time being.

The Iranian ambassador said the United States “not only blatantly defies the Security Council resolution 2231” that endorsed the nuclear deal, “but also audaciously coerces other states to violate the resolution.”

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting at UN headquarters, on February 13, 2017. (AP Photo /Mark Lennihan)

“Those sanctions are illegal and run counter to the well-established principles” of non-interference in internal affairs and freedom of international trade, he added.

The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted have in US jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. They will also affect non-Iranian companies that deal with sanctioned Iranian firms and officials.

In what the US said was the largest-single sanctions designation, the Treasury imposed penalties on more than 700 Iranian and Iranian-linked individuals, entities, aircraft and vessels. The move brought to more than 900 the number of Iran-related targets sanctioned by the Trump administration in less than two years.

Among those are 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 people and ships, Iran’s state-run airline Iran Air, and more than 65 of its planes.

During the annual UN gathering of world leaders in September, Trump chaired a council meeting that focused heavily on Iran, laying bare the rift between the United States and other powers on the nuclear deal.

European leaders and representatives from Russia and China defended the deal and urged Trump to allow them to continue to uphold it.

Israel has hailed Trump for pulling out of the deal.

“This day is a historic day,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. ​”I think this contributes to stability, security, and peace.”

AP and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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