Washington: The United States unilaterally announced on Saturday that the United Nations sanctions against Iran have come into force again, and promised to punish those who violate the sanctions. This may increase Washington’s isolation, but there are also international tensions.
“Today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
According to him, the measures were “back in effect” from 8:00 pm Washington time (0000 GMT Sunday).
The administration of US President Donald Trump also promised to “impose consequences” on any UN member state that does not comply with the sanctions, even though it is one of the only countries in the world that believes it will take effect.
The threat is huge: people who are ignored by Washington will be barred from entering the US financial system and markets.
“If UN member states fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity,” Pompeo stated.
He promised to announce measures against “violators” in the next few days.