UN / IRAN POMPEO ZARIF

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Security Council to renew the arms embargo on Iran which is set to expire four months from now “because of the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the previous American administration.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

30 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens, participants
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“We encourage JCPOA participants to resolve all differences within the Dispute Resolution Mechanism under the Plan. We also urge all Member States to avoid provocative rhetoric and actions that may have a further negative impact on the JCPOA and regional stability. The full implementation of the Plan is key to securing tangible economic benefit to the Iranian people. We are encouraged by the positive developments in INSTEX, which started to process its first transactions.”
4. Multiple screens, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“Based on these technical findings, while also having taken into account the information provided by Iran, the Secretariat assessed that the examined cruise missiles and delta-wing UAVs and/or parts thereof used in the attacks on Saudi Arabia were of Iranian origin.”
6. Multiple screens, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States of America:
“Because of the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the previous American administration, the arms embargo on the world's most heinous terrorist regime is scheduled to expire on October 18, a mere four months from now; four months. This Chamber has a choice: stand for international peace and security as the United Nations founder intended; or let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire, betraying the UN's mission and its finest ideals which we have all pledged to uphold."
8. Multiple screens, participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States of America:
"Iran is already violating the arms embargo, even before its expiration date. Imagine if Iranian activity were sanctioned, authorized by this group, if the restrictions are lifted."
10. Multiple screens, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran:
“This status quo is neither acceptable nor sustainable. The international community in general and the United Nations Security Council in particular are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law? Or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully."
12. Multiple screens, participants
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran:
"This very regime absurdly accuses Iran of meddling in its own region. Yes, of course. We want to partner with all our neighbours to create a story region that precludes the emergence of hegemonic aspirations by any power, regional or global. A strong region that requires home grown political and territorial stability. And a strong region for which all neighbours need to exercise strategic self-restraint, just like Iran."
14. Multiple screens, participants
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran:
"Any attempt to change or amend the agreed timetable is thus tantamount to undermining resolution 2231 in its entirety. The Council must not allow a single state to abuse the process."
16. Multiple screens, participants

STORYLINE:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Security Council to renew the arms embargo on Iran which is set to expire four months from now “because of the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the previous American administration.”

Addressing a virtual Security Council meeting today (30 Jun), Pompeo said the arms embargo on the “world's most heinous terrorist regime is scheduled to expire on October 18.” He added, “This Chamber has a choice: stand for international peace and security as the United Nations founder intended; or let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire, betraying the UN's mission and its finest ideals which we have all pledged to uphold."

The Secretary of State said if the Council failed to act, Iran would be free to buy Russian fighter jets, advance its submarine fleet, buy advanced technology for its proxies - including Hizbullah and the Houthis, and become a rogue weapons dealer supplying arms to conflicts around the world.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States of America:
"Iran is already violating the arms embargo, even before its expiration date. Imagine if Iranian activity were sanctioned, authorized by this group, if the restrictions are lifted."

Pompeo noted that the UN Secretary-General’s report on implementing resolution 2231, which adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), confirmed that weapons used to attack Saudi Arabia were of Iranian origin. He said Iran used advanced weapons to attack the coalition forces in Iraq and was supplying weapons to terrorist groups.

The US Secretary of State told the Council that nearly 400 members of the US Congress supported extending arms embargo. He said the US concern was one of national security not partisan politics.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States’ unilateralism is intensely assaulting international cooperation and institutions, adding that complacency has encouraged this behaviour.

Zarif said, for the first time in history, a permanent member of the Security Council was punishing law abiding countries and citizens for not violating the Council’s resolution. He said despite the US violations of resolution 2231, there has not been a single meeting on the issue, instead some European countries are considering further undermining the Council and its resolutions by reneging their JCPOA commitments.
Zarif said the US pressured the United Nations to adopt a perverse reading of the resolution which was rejected by three JCPOA participants, China, Russia, and Iran. He said the US coerced the UN Secretariat to rely on forged documents to produce an unprofessional report outside of its mandate, while it also tried to absolve the Saudi-led coalition of well documented child-killing in Yemen.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran:
“This status quo is neither acceptable nor sustainable. The international community in general and the United Nations Security Council in particular are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law? Or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully."

Zarif said European JCPOA participants requested that Iran give them a few weeks to allow them to compensate for losses Iran incurred as a result of re-imposed US sanctions after its unilateral withdrawal from the agreement. He said Iran continued to comply with the agreement fully for one year as documented by IAEA reports and the European response was to overly comply with the US max pressure campaign on Iran. He said Iran, having repeatedly exhausted the resolution’s dispute mechanism, was left with no option but to apply remedial action as prescribed in the JCPOA itself and seize preforming, in part, its commitments.

The Iranian Foreign Minister stressed that there was a mutual agreement among JCPOA participants not to discuss regional issues when negotiating the deal because of disagreements among them.

Zarif said the US carried out numerous acts of aggression against Iran and its neighbours, systematically supported terrorism, and provided material assistance to crimes against humanity committed in Yemen. He added that the peoples of the region want US presence to end, as does the US public.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran:
"This very regime absurdly accuses Iran of meddling in its own region. Yes, of course. We want to partner with all our neighbours to create a story region that precludes the emergence of hegemonic aspirations by any power, regional or global. A strong region that requires home grown political and territorial stability. And a strong region for which all neighbours need to exercise strategic self-restraint, just like Iran."

The Iranian Foreign Minister said the timetable for the removal of arms restrictions is an inseparable part of JCPOA and resolution 2231. He stressed that “any attempt to change or amend the agreed timetable is thus tantamount to undermining resolution 2231 in its entirety. The Council must not allow a single state to abuse the process."

Earlier, UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo addressed the Council. She said the JCPOA remains crucial to the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and to regional and international security, and therefore, it is regrettable that the future of this agreement is in doubt. She said the US withdrawal from the agreement and actions that followed, including the re-imposition of the US national sanctions, impeded the ability of Iran and other Member States to fully implement the Plan and the resolution.

DiCarlo also regretted the steps taken by Iran in response to the US withdrawal and appealed to the country to return to full implementation of the Plan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“We encourage JCPOA participants to resolve all differences within the Dispute Resolution Mechanism under the Plan. We also urge all Member States to avoid provocative rhetoric and actions that may have a further negative impact on the JCPOA and regional stability. The full implementation of the Plan is key to securing tangible economic benefit to the Iranian people. We are encouraged by the positive developments in INSTEX, which started to process its first transactions.”

DiCarlo said the Secretariat analysed two US seizures of arms and related materiel and continued its assessment of the cruise missiles and delta-wing UAVs used in the 2019 attacks on Saudi Arabia. She said, based on technical finding, “while also having taken into account the information provided by Iran, the Secretariat assessed that the examined cruise missiles and delta-wing UAVs and/or parts thereof used in the attacks on Saudi Arabia were of Iranian origin.”

The UN political chief said, notwithstanding the current challenges to the JCPOA, it remains the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. She said its full implementation, as well as faithful adherence to resolution 2231, is also fundamental to regional stability.
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