Pompeo: We will return to the UN to reimpose Iran sanctions next week

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) speaks at a press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 16 September 2020

Pompeo: We will return to the UN to reimpose Iran sanctions next week

  • The US would do all it needed to make sure sanctions on Iran are enforced, Pompeo said
  • Raab tweeted earlier about the “need to prevent” the Islamic Republic's pursuit of a nuclear weapon

LONDON: The US will return to the UN to reimpose sanctions on Iran next week, the secretary of state said on Wednesday.

The country would also do all it needed to make sure those sanctions are enforced, Mike Pompeo said at a press conference in Washington with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

The Security Council rejected the US’s Aug. 14 bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October.

Pompeo has said that sanctions on Iran will snap back at midnight GMT on Sept. 20. 

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Although the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal two years ago, it argues that it can trigger snapback sanctions as a 2015 Security Council resolution that sets out the nuclear deal still names the US as a participant. 

Raab said that Britain and the US share the same “stance” towards Iran, and tweeted earlier about the “need to prevent” the Islamic Republic's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.


No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.