An editorial in the American “Washington Post” newspaper said that after two days of boasting about opening diplomatic relations between “Israel” and the United Arab Emirates, the administration of US President Donald Trump suffered a humiliating loss in the United Nations Security Council that was, in some ways, more indicative of the results.
Its policies in the Middle East.
The United States asked the Council to agree to an extension of the 13-year-old embargo on arms trade with Iran – something very important to Israel and America’s Arab allies, and which most of the democratic world favors.
But only one of the council’s fifteen members, the Dominican Republic, has sided with Washington.
Russia and China opposed the proposal, while 11 countries – including Britain, France and Germany – abstained.
The newspaper added that the vote may open the way for Iran to obtain Chinese and Russian weapons, for example, missiles that it could use against “Israel” or the UAE or US ships in the Gulf.
At the very least, the vote showed how the Trump administration’s attempt to crush Iran’s Islamic regime has made it more dangerous, with the United States isolating it.
The United Nations defeat was a direct result of President Trump’s rejection of the 2015 deal limiting the Iranian nuclear program, which was brokered by President Barack Obama’s administration in cooperation with the European Union, China and Russia.
Mr. Trump has claimed that renewing US sanctions would enforce a better deal.
Instead, Iran renewed uranium enrichment and launched attacks in the Persian Gulf.
Now the arms embargo, which was approved by the United Nations resolution ratifying the nuclear deal, has expired until next October.
The European allies chose not to vote in favor of renewing it, in part due to their desire to preserve what remained of the agreement, including UN inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Trump administration officials have sought to force the allies to support them by threatening to invoke another clause in the nuclear deal that allows one of the parties to unilaterally renew the comprehensive international sanctions regime that strangled Iran before 2015.
But the right of the United States to invoke the clause after withdrawing from the agreement is subject to Question: Even the former National Security Adviser to Mr. Trump, John Bolton, who is an indisputable hawk on Iran, described it as “imperfect intelligence”.
Bolton warned that such a move, which may involve the use of the US veto to block a Security Council resolution preventing the resumption of sanctions, may not only fail, but also undermine the right of Veto.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of the main architects of Iran’s failed policy, criticized the Security Council vote and promised unspecified US action to prevent Iran from obtaining new weapons”.
We cannot allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons… that’s just crazy,” Pompeo said.
The newspaper concluded that if Tehran succeeds in doing so, it will be because of the grave breaches of Mr. Pompeo – and Mr. Trump’s foolish burning of the Obama administration’s legacy, namely the nuclear deal with Iran.