UN President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order that allows him to ban anyone who violates a conventional weapon against Iran, four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Sources who spoke to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity said the executive order is expected to be issued in the coming days and the president will be allowed to punish him with secondary sanctions if he violates US sanctions.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The order will expire in Iran next month, even before the UN arms expire and will be a warning to foreign actors – US entities already barred from such trade – that if they buy weapons to Iran Or they will face US sanctions if they sell.
As part of the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran is set to end Ambrogo, the UN’s traditional weapon with the six major powers – the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US on 18 October.
The US, which dropped that deal in May 2018, said it has “snap back,” or resumed all UN sanctions in Iran, including weapons embargo, which Saturday night 8: 00:00 (00:00 GMT) effective Sunday).
Other parties to the nuclear deal and most of the UN Security Council have said they do not believe the US has the right to re-implement UN sanctions and the move has no legal effect.
“It is clear that no member of the Security Council has accepted the eligibility of the US claims,” said Alirza Mirisfi, spokesperson for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, stating that the nuclear deal has a place and on Iran All restrictions will be lifted. In 2015, under the deadline.
Trump’s executive order suggests the US will not be deterred despite the UN Security Council failing to support a “snap back”, one of four sources said.
Another European diplomat source said the new executive order would put teeth behind Washington’s claim that the UN’s arms embargo would last beyond October, while Presidential secondary to punish the transfer of arms with Iran to US sanctions Will give restrictions right.
Secondary restrictions are those where a country seeks to punish another country for trade by restricting access to its own market, a particularly powerful tool for the US due to the size of its economy.
Most foreign companies do not want to risk getting out of the huge US market to do business with smaller countries like Iran.
The new executive orders may be more symbolic than practical because so many Iranian bodies and individuals are already subject to secondary sanctions, said Doug Jacobson, a sanctions lawyer.
“It’s essentially a deposit,” Jacobson said. “It is designed to send a message on this particular issue … that America is sad that the other party [to the Iran nuclear deal] Did not talk about arms restrictions. ”
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On Wednesday, US Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran, Elliott Abrams, said Washington planned to ban those violating the UN arms embargo, although they did not say it would do so with an executive order.
Also on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the impending action, emphasizing the power of US sanctions, as he left the Iran nuclear deal two years ago to halt foreign trade with Iran.
Pompeo said of the United Nations’ arsenal, “to ensure that we will do everything that needs to be implemented,” adding that after the nuclear deal failed, many experts called for US unilateral sanctions Argued.
“Despite what the world has said, we have been very successful,” he said, adding that US sanctions have drastically reduced Iran’s financial resources.
Reuters news agency