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Russia slams US ‘hypocrisy’ for condemning IRGC satellite with 2231 UNSC resolution

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian military satellite Nour-1 is seen before launch from the Qassed launcher in Dasht-e Kavir, central Iran, on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Fars News)

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has slammed Washington’s “hypocrisy” for condemning Iran’s recent launch of an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps satellite citing UN Security Council resolution 2231.

“US claims that recent launch of a military satellite by Iran was a violation of 2231 UNSC resolution. Wrong interpretation,” Mikhail Ulyanov said in a tweet on Sunday.

“But there is also a different curious aspect- the US attempt to build on the resolution, which It undermines by all possible means. Double standards and hypocrisy,” he added.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran “needed to be held accountable” for violating the UNSC resolution after launching its first ever military satellite earlier in the day.

This is while the resolution in question calls on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Resolution 2231 was passed to endorse the multilateral Iran 2015 nuclear deal, which the US withdrew from in 2018, as highlighted by Ulyanov in his tweet on Sunday.

Ever since withdrawing from the nuclear deal, Washington has sought to couple widespread economic sanctions with provocative military deployments to the region in a bid to weaken Iran as part of a campaign of “maximum pressure”.

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