US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared on Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran, including an arms embargo, are restored, although fellow UN Security Council members overturned the US motion to extend the 13-year embargo last month. Those members say that the US declaration has no legal force.
Pompeo argued that Washington was invoking the snapback element of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in view of Iran’s “significant non-performance” of its obligations. A White House executive order due on Monday will spell out how the US intends to enforce the restored sanctions, and the State and Treasury departments are to outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalized for violations.
The original UN embargo was designed to supplement the 2015 deal by hitting Iran with penalties for uranium enrichment to any level, ballistic missile activity and buying or selling conventional weapons.