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U.S. prepared to impose sweeping U.N. sanctions on Iran

On 21st August, Mike Pompeo made another groundbreaking announcement after the declaration of the new Cold War with China. The US is moving forward with the idea of imposing sanctions on Iran, even though the UNSC voted to not enforce an arms embargo on the regime gone rogue.

Pompeo addressed the 15 member collective on the 20th of August and once again asserted that the Trump administration will continue to maximise pressure on the campaign against Iran’s missile and nuclear weapon systems program. Pompeo even stated,“I have not had a single world leader or one of my counterparts tell me that they think it makes any sense at all for the Iranians to be able to purchase and sell high-end weapons systems, which is what will happen on Oct. 18 of this year, absent the actions that we took at the United Nations yesterday, we’re not going to let them have a nuclear weapon, we’re not going to let them have hundreds of billions of dollars in wealth from selling weapons systems. Every leader around the world knows it’s a bad idea,” while calling the state the largest sponsor of terrorism.

The Trump administration has continuously been pushing since its inception towards an arms embargo on Iran. The current embargo on Iran terminates in October under the JCPOA, brokered in part by the Obama administration.

The Security Council last week decided to not extend the embargo, which prompted the US to either “snap back” at the UNSC or restore its own sanctions against Iran.

A month after Pompeo’s notification, a range of embargoes, including the specific requirements in the JCPOA will be restored. The snapback will further extend the 13-year arms embargo as well. Tensions between the US and Iran further heated in 2015, when Donald Trump called it the “worst deal ever”. The JCPOA lifted economically crippling sanctions and in exchange, Iran would limit the development of their nuclear research program until the terms expire in 2025.

Trump has wanted to broaden the scope of the JCPOA, and put stricter limits on its ballistic missile work and suppress the regime's role in the multiple wars in the Middle-East with respect to the Saudi-Iranian proxy war. Following the USA’s exit from the JCPOA, the P5 and other signatories to the resolution have pushed to keep the deal alive. In January of this year, Iran said it would no longer limit the capacity of uranium enrichment or nuclear research.

Pompeo was deeply disappointed in the UNs decision to not further the embargos on Iran, especially after the announcement of new types of ballistic missiles which can go up to 870 miles in distance. The missile is named after late general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in an American airstrike, another cruise missile which can go up to 620 miles, is named after Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed in the same strike as Qasem Soleimani.

The relationship between the US and Iran, got worse after a string of attacks in the Persian Gulf after Iran allegedly attacked 2 oil tankers and 4 more tankers in May. This resulted in more sanctions by the US, and the US is currently trying to find out what they can do to stop the financial resources of Iran's supreme leader.

The US has blamed Iran for an attack on the world’s largest crude oil processing plant and oil field. The attack forced Saudi Arabia to cut down its production operations and triggered the largest crude spike in decades and renewed the ideological proxy war between the 2 nations of Saudi Arabia and Iran, which triggered further conflict within the Middle-East.

Reporter: Jovan H

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