Can Tehran Prevent the Activation of The UN Sanctions Mechanism?

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According to MEK Iran, Arman’s article shows once again that the mullahs are at an international impasse and that the international community should now choose firmness against this regime.

international impasse

The last Saturday, the United States activated the mechanism for resuming UN sanctions that were a condition of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Now, the question is how the Iranian regime could prevent it from becoming operational? In this regard, the official daily Arman responded in an article, that was published on the website of MEK Iran, confirming that the Mullahs’s regime is deadlocked.

“The US administration says it triggered the nuclear deal’s resumption of sanctions mechanism. This means, in the eyes of the leaders of the White House, that UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is overturned and that resolution 1929 must henceforth be the basis for the international system’s interaction with Iran. According to the resolution, all countries are required to inspect suspicious shipments destined for Iran and destroy them if they find prohibited goods,” the article on the MEK Iran website read.

Referring to the regime’s international isolation and stalemate, Arman’s article, (published also on the MEK Iran website) adds: “The United States has two tools to implement the Resolution 1929. First, impose sanctions on any country that violates the provisions of the resolution, and second, establish a solid inspection system to fully control all trade with Iran, especially at sea. If all countries opposed to the relaunch of the Resolution 1929, enter into the arms trade with Iran, the US embargo is unlikely to work to deter them all, but the Americans are convinced there is no such will. For example, the three European countries that signed the JCPOA, still want to extend the arms embargo to Iran, and Russia and China are not interested in selling offensive weapons because of their security considerations.

“So, the only possibility is the limited sale of defensive weapons by Russia and China to Iran, which also allows the United States to impose effective sanctions on the companies of both countries, thus neutralizing the potential advantages of such a trade. On the other hand, Iran’s arms exports do not have a profitable market,” share MEK Iran on their website (for more information, follow them on Facebook).

By answering the question of “is the United States capable of inspecting ships on its own?” Arman adds: “The key question now is whether the United States wants to take on this task directly. Inspecting ships and seizing their cargo naturally requires a robust inspection system, which is expensive. Is the United States ready for this? The seizure of petroleum products from several Iranian ships bound for Venezuela indicates that the United States is ready for this action. Therefore, it will not be unlikely that this behavior will be repeated under the pretext of preventing the arms trade with Iran. In fact, cargo inspection interferes with Iran’s limited normal trade process with other countries and turns benefits into costs for buyers and sellers? ”

Finally, in answering the question of whether the mullahs’ regime will be able to take action against the inspection of its ships and the other consequences of the activation of the snapback mechanism, Arman and the MEK Iran website wrote: “By what means the Islamic Republic wants it deals with the possible inspection of ships? With the help of other world powers? Or international institutions? None of them are working. So, there are two other ways. The first is that the Iranian government should use the inspection bypass method in a limited way and see it as a victory for itself! The second is to retaliate and harass American Allied ships in the region. However, such an event could easily lead to a military confrontation, and this is what has been declared a red line in the official policy of the Islamic Republic. So, should we wait until a period of ship inspection becomes as normal for the country as economic sanctions, or will something unexpected happen in the middle?

According to MEK Iran, Arman’s article shows once again that the mullahs are at an international impasse and that the international community should now choose firmness against this regime.

During her speech at the “Transatlantic Summit on Iranian Policy” on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly in 2020, (which can be found on the Youtube channel of MEK Iran), Maryam Rajavi, leader of MEK Iran and president-elect of NCRI, said: “It is a mistake to believe that by reducing international sanctions, this regime will give up his aggressiveness. Paradoxically, it was in the shadow of the nuclear deal that its terrorism was unleashed in Europe.

Recently, in an article in Figaro, which also was shared on MEK Iran’s website, US Secretary of State Pompeo correctly wrote that the Iranian regime “has responded to the appeasement of the West with increased massacres and mistrust.” The policy of appeasement has brought no benefit other than the advancement of the Iranian regime’s strategy. He recalled that “the brutality of the current regime strikes first and foremost the Iranian people themselves. In the last year alone, security forces have killed at least 1,500 peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets across the country”.