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Iran regains UN voting rights, attacks US sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (PA) – Iran regained its voting rights in the United Nations General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment of its UN dues and lashed out at the United States for maintaining sanctions that prevented him from accessing billions of dollars in foreign banks.

Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq announced that Iran had paid the minimum amount – $ 16,251,298 – and was able to vote in Friday’s election for five new members of the Security Council of the UN. He thanked banking and government authorities in various places, including South Korea, for allowing the payment.

In a tweet, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi said: “The illegal US sanctions have not only deprived our people of medicine; they also prevented Iran from paying its arrears to the UN. After more than 6 months of work, the UN announced today that it has received the funds. ALL inhumane sanctions must be lifted NOW. “

Iran lost its right to vote in January and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter released on June 2 that Tehran still had not paid the minimum and would continue to be unable to vote, as did the Central African Republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a letter to Guterres the next day saying that the United States’ “illegal unilateral sanctions” and its “economic war” mainly prevented Iran from using its own money to buy goods. food and medicine, in addition to not paying due to the UN and other international organizations.

He wrote that “US unlawful acts of war” froze Iran’s “multibillion-dollar cash deposits – not assets or reserves – in South Korean, Japanese, Iraqi banks. and others”.

He complained that it was “deplorable” that Iran was deprived of its right to vote “because of conditions totally beyond its control”.

Former US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran after withdrawing the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers in 2018. Trump not only restored nuclear sanctions, but also added layers of terrorism and other sanctions on many of them. entities. In addition, the Trump administration has imposed a series of new sanctions on previously unsanctioned entities.

The Biden administration has announced a new policy and is engaged in European Union-mediated negotiations to join the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told the UN Security Council on Thursday that negotiators in Vienna “are working tirelessly to revive the JCPOA in all its aspects”, including limiting nuclear activities Iran that have increased since Trump reimposed the sanctions in 2018.

“We are making progress, but negotiations are intense on a number of issues, including the precise sequencing of steps,” Borrell said.

Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, told the General Assembly after Friday’s council elections that while the Biden administration says its policy towards the JCPOA has changed, “this change hasn’t is only in words “.

“In practice, the policy of maximum pressure continues,” Ravanchi said, highlighting U.S. sanctions that still prevent Iran from using money from foreign banks to import drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Indeed, the nuclear talks underway in Vienna are the first instance to test the sincerity and genuine political will of the United States towards the JCPOA,” he said. “The main and real test will be when it is verifiably proven that the United States has changed course, put aside its failed maximum pressure policy and ended its economic terrorism against Iran.”

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