US to Lead Security Council Talks on Iran in Late Sept.: Haley
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump plans to lead a meeting of the heads of state of the United Nations Security Council on Iran in late September, his envoy Nikki Haley said Tuesday.
With the United States now holding the presidency of the Security Council, Haley said the aim is to put further pressure on Tehran over its alleged violations of council resolutions.
"President Trump is very adamant that we have to start making sure that Iran is falling in line with international order," Haley told reporters, AFP reported.
"If you continue to look at the spread Iran has had in supporting terrorism, if you continue to look at the ballistic missile testing that they are doing, if you continue to look at the sales of weapons we see with the Houthis in Yemen -- these are all violations of security council resolutions,” she claimed.
"These are all threats to the region, and these are all things that the international community needs to talk about”.
Haley denied the United States was seeking regime change in Iran, saying the US effort is aimed at supporting the "desires of the Iranian people".
But Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy pushed back, emphasizing that any meeting on Iran should also discuss the consequences of the US withdrawal from the deal.
On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
On August 6, he signed an executive order, re-imposing many sanctions on Iran. He said the US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the Islamic Republic.
Trump also restated his opinion that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was a “horrible, one-sided deal”.