Iran pays UN debts, restoring its voting rights

Iran pays UN debts, restoring its voting rights


United Nations: Diplomats stated that Iran has repaid approximately US$16.2 million owed to the United Nations to enable it to regain voting rights and participate in the five new members of the Security Council elected by the General Assembly on Friday for 2022-2023. Friday.

“After more than 6 months of working on it, the UN today announced it has received the funds,” said Iran s ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, on Twitter.

He blamed “illegal US sanctions” for the delay in settling the debts, saying they had “not just deprived our people of medicine; they have also prevented Iran from paying our dues in arrears to the UN.”

That led to the suspension of Iran s voting rights at the world body back in January.

“ALL inhumane sanctions must be lifted NOW,” the Iranian diplomat added.

A UN official stated that the funds mainly came from an Iranian account in Seoul, whose transactions had been blocked by US sanctions. There have been months of discussions between the United Nations, Iran, South Korea and the United States to obtain the release of this specific Iranian account in Seoul so that Tehran can repay its debts.

The restoration of voting rights allows Iran to vote for five new non-permanent members of the Security Council at the General Assembly on Friday. The United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Albania, Gabon and Ghana were the five vacant candidates and won them.

After former U.S. President Donald Trump decided in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from the international Iran nuclear agreement reached in Vienna three years ago and supported by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the U.S. reimposed economic sanctions on Iran.

The Austrian capital is negotiating how to lift Washington’s reimposed sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Tehran to fully comply with the agreement again.

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