Trump faces pushback on Iran at UN Security Council

Arturo Kim
September 28, 2018

The breakthrough came after a meeting between Iran and other signatories of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China on the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US.

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Wednesday a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under consideration to facilitate trade with Iran may be in place "before November".

Expressing disappointment over reports of the European Union setting up a special payment system to bypass Iranian sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY on Tuesday said, "I was disturbed and, indeed, deeply disappointed.This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security".

Pompeo blasted the plan as "one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security", according to the BBC.

"I imagine the corrupt ayatollahs and the IRGC were laughing this morning", Pompeo said, referring to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Iran of spreading chaos and China of meddling in USA elections at a UN Security Council meeting that laid bare divisions between the United States and other world powers.

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.

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He also said that the Trump administration is discussing the re-imposition of sanctions with countries on a case-by-case basis.

US Arab allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Israel have long sought for Washington to work to curtail non-Arab and predominantly Shia Muslim Iran's influence in the Middle East, including in war-torn Syria.

"What will bring a real solution to the situation in Iran and what has already stabilised it?"

The Israeli military released a video clip and photos of what it said were Hezbollah Shi'ite militia rocket building sites in Lebanon, shortly after Netanyahu's address. The EU has updated its "blocking statute" to temper the impact.

He believes renewed economic pressure, which went into force in August, will force Iran to agree to a new deal.

He did not identify the material or specifically suggest that Iran had actively violated the nuclear deal.

The EU announcement comes a day after French state-owned bank Bpifrance said it was suspending a plan to support companies seeking to do business with Iran.

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