TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council that ended by the resounding failure of the United States in its bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran was a great political achievement and a historical victory for the Iranian nation.
President Rouhani made the remarks in a Monday meeting with senior officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in Tehran, noting that the US and its President Donald Trump have been snubbed twice in the world body during past few years, Press TV reported.
Rouhani recalled a UNSC’s “important meeting” in 2018, which was chaired by Trump “when I was also in New York,” and in that meeting, 14 members of the Security Council opposed his views.
“There is no precedent in history of the Security Council when 14 countries opposed [the US views],” Rouhani added.
This time, he said, the US once again was attempting to pass a resolution against Tehran on Friday, but only one country — the Dominican Republic — out of 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of it.
“This is a big political and historical success for us,” the Iranian president added.
On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously rejected a US resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October in line with a landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that Iran clinched with six world powers in 2015.
The resolution needed support from nine of 15 votes to pass. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while the US and the Dominican Republic were the only “yes” votes.
Reacting to the US fiasco at the UNSC, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said on Monday that failure of the US-drafted anti-Iran resolution heralds fundamental changes in international relations.
“What happens in the world is no more a function of interactions among major powers,” Zarif said, emphasizing that the world has entered a post-West era.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews