Pompeo Says U.S. 'Will Do All We Need' to Ensure Iran Sanctions Enforced

Secretary of State says the U.S. would return to the UN to reimpose sanctions, after its earlier efforts were rebuffed by Security Council in August

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, at the United Nations on August 20, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, at the United Nations on August 20, 2020 Credit: Mike Segar / AP
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States would return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions on Iran next week and would do all it needed to do to make sure those sanctions are enforced.

"We'll do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced," he added when asked how the United States would achieve that and what it would do to punish countries that do not reimpose the measures.

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Pompeo made the comments in a joint news conference in Washington with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and said sanctions should be reimposed from Sunday.

"We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions, so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week," Pompeo said.

In August, Pompeo had said that he had triggered a 30-day process to reimpose all UN sanctions on Iran by lodging a complaint with the Security Council accusing Tehran of breaching a 2015 nuclear deal.

The U.S. argued that it could trigger the process - known as snapback - because a 2015 Security Council resolution that enshrines the nuclear deal still names it as a participant.

But 13 of the 15 council members said the U.S. move is void because Washington quit the nuclear deal two years ago and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose UN sanctions.

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