İrem UZUN -TDO- Washington said the arms embargo against Iran was permanently extended and the U.S. would take action against UN members that didn't comply with the sanctions. European nations called the move "incapable of legal effect."
Calling Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and anti-Semitism, the statement said the sanctions are being reimposed beginning Saturday at 8 pm through the snapback process contained in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the Iran nuclear agreement.
In a statement on Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened "consequences" for any UN member state that does not comply with the punitive measures, which were lifted under a landmark nuclear deal that was signed between six world powers and Iran in 2015 but was abandoned by the U.S. more than two years ago. "If UN Member States fail to fulfil their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity," Pompeo said.
European leaders have warned the U.S. that its claim to have the authority to reimpose sweeping UN-mandated sanctions on Iran has no effect in law, setting up a major legal clash that could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on its European allies. In a joint statement on Sunday, France, Germany and the UK said any attempt by the U.S. to impose its own sanctions on countries not complying with the reimposed UN ones was also legally void.