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Iran blasts US unilateralism, calls for global condemnation of US sanctions

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo addresses a UN Security Council session on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations” in New York on November 9, 2018.

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo, has slammed US unilateralism and called on the international community to condemn Washington’s sanctions reimposed on the Islamic Republic.

Khoshroo made the remarks in a letter to the UN Security Council in New York on Friday.

Iran's UN envoy stressed the necessity of multilateralism for solving global problems, describing Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from international agreements, including the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as a challenge to the world order.

"True multilateralism is founded on inclusion instead of exclusion; cooperation in place of confrontation; equality rather than inequality; rule of law instead of rule of power; pursuing the common goods and long-term objectives of all States, not short-sighted goals of only one State; and solving differences peacefully and justly, not violently and unfairly," Khoshroo said.

"We need such an annual forum to discuss emerging challenges to multilateralism; the latest of which is the doctrine of 'withdrawal from international instruments and institutions' of a member of this council,” he said while referring to the United States.

“This, among others, has resulted in its withdrawal from the Human Rights Council, UNESCO, Paris Agreement, and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Khoshroo noted.

The permanent representative of Iran to the UN also added that the global community "should not allow the United States to pursue its unilateral, arrogant and self-centered policy which focuses on continuing to reorder the world order to be founded on power, not law."

The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on Monday the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran's oil exports, shipping and banking. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The re-imposition of the second set of sanctions came after Trump in May pulled the US out of the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.

After leaving the deal, the US administration vowed to bring Iranian oil sales to “zero.”

Washington has, however, agreed to grant waivers to Turkey and seven other countries -- China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan -- to continue importing Iranian oil without facing diplomatic consequences.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on November 5, Khoshroo said the United Nations must hold the United States to account for its "illegal" move to reinstate sanctions on Tehran.

Khoshroo emphasized that Iran has scrupulously fulfilled its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, as has been repeatedly and consistently verified by the consecutive reports of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Despite Washington's withdrawal, Iran has not left the JCPOA yet, but stressed that the remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they wanted Tehran to remain in the deal. The parties have slammed Washington's pullout of the agreement, which has also been endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution, saying they will work to keep the landmark deal alive.

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