MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:28:29 +0000 Pompeo wants Iran arms embargo extension vote at UN http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/5dc30c381528451f9ddf015c659eac74 The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. (Aug. 5) 5dc30c381528451f9ddf015c659eac74 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:55:10 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF STATEWashington DC - 5 August 20201. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State:"Of course, the conflict in Yemen is rage, in large part because the Islamic Republic of Iran's illegal arms transfers to the Houthis. And so next week, the United States will put forward a resolution in the Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran. The Security Council's mission is to maintain international peace and security. The council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it allowed the number one state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons freely."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State:"The United States has conducted now a years long diplomacy on this matter. We have a bipartisan consensus in Congress. We have a 13 year consensus on the council. And the proposal we put forward is eminently reasonable. One way or another, one way or another, we will do the right thing. We will ensure that the arms embargo is extended."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State:"We've made clear and I don't want to be too cute by half, our mission set is unambiguous. Presence guidance is very, very clear. We're not gonna let the arms embargo expire on October 18th of this year. It's one of the central failings of the JCPOA and a bad thing for the world to run, to buy and sell. You've seen you've seen the comments in the press about the deal between Iran and China. There are nations lining up to sell weapons that will destabilize the Middle East, put Israel at risk. Put Europe at risk. Risk American lives as well. We're not going to let it happen. And so we're using every diplomatic tool we have in the toolkit. I do want to as I said, I want to be too cute. We're deeply aware that snapback is an option that's available to United States and we're gonna do everything within America's power to ensure that that arms embargo is extended. And I'm confident that we will be successful."STORYLINE: The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The decision sets the stage for a potential crisis at the U.N. Security Council amid rising tensions in Middle East. Pompeo said the United States would call for a Security Council vote next week on a U.S.-drafted resolution to extend the embargo that is due to expire in October. The resolution is widely expected to fail, as the other members of the Security Council have signaled their opposition. “The Security Council’s mission is to maintain international peace and security," Pompeo told reporters. "The council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it were to allow the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons openly.”If the vote fails, Pompeo suggested the U.S. would invoke the so-called “snapback” mechanism that would restore all U.N. sanctions on Iran. Snapback was envisioned in the 2015 nuclear deal in the event Iran was proven to be in violation of the accord, under which it received billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.“One way or another we will ensure that the arms embargo will be extended,” he said. "We’re not going to let the arms embargo expire on October 18. We’re deeply aware that snapback is an option that is available to the United States.”Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018 and has steadily reimposed U.S. penalties on Iran, leading Iran to step up uranium enrichment and heavy water production outside the allowed limits. Disputes over those violations remain unresolved.The remaining participants in the 2015 nuclear deal have said the U.S. no longer has standing to invoke snapback. Administration officials and Iran hawks argue that as a permanent member of the Security Council, the U.S. remains party to the separate U.N. resolution that endorsed the deal and still has the legal grounds to call for the reimposition of sanctions.Under the nuclear deal, the U.N. arms embargo against Iran will expire Oct. 18 if Iran is in compliance with the agreement. For several months, Pompeo and other U.S. officials have been lobbying for the indefinite extension of the embargo, saying its expiration would allow Iran to import weapons at will and further destabilize the Middle East.The European participants in the nuclear deal, Britain, France and Germany, have said they have concerns about Iran's ability to import and export weapons but have also pointed out that it was envisioned by the agreement. China and Russia have threatened to veto any attempt to extend the embargo.But a snapback of U.N. sanctions would not be subject to veto, due to the unusual way the provision was worded. The other members of the Security Council could, however, simply choose to ignore a U.S. invocation of snapback, which would create a crisis of credibility in the U.N.'s most powerful body. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. (Aug. 5) Pompeo wants Iran arms embargo extension vote at UN