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US claims UN sanctions on Iran reinstated. The world disagrees

Al Jazeera

Tehran, Iran - The United States has broken with all other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally declared the re-imposition of all UN sanctions against Iran - a claim rejected by Iran and the international community, including Washington's close allies, as having no legal basis. In a statement on Sunday following the expiration of a deadline set by the US, 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 US more than two years ago. In addition to adhering to a conventional arms embargo that is due to expire next month, Pompeo said member states must comply with restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in nuclear enrichment and reprocessing-related activities; the prohibition on ballistic missile testing and development; and sanctions on transfer of nuclear and missile-related technologies. "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. The world will be safer as a result.


All you need to know about Iran's arrest warrant for Trump

Al Jazeera

Iran has issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and dozens of his aides, months after the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike in Iraq. The US assassination of the top Iranian general on January 3 heightened tensions between the two archrivals, which have been at loggerheads since Trump pulled his country out of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in 2018. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr on Monday said Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the attack, face "murder and terrorism charges", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, without mentioning the names of any of his aides. The US killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps's expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport. The attack infuriated Shia Iraqi legislators who voted to remove more than 5,000 US troops deployed in the country.


US denounces UN report on Iran general's 'unlawful' killing

Al Jazeera

The United States lashed out on Wednesday at a United Nations probe into the American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general, saying it gave "a pass to terrorists". US President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iran's General Qassem Soleimani in a January attack near Baghdad's international airport. The incident stoked fears of an all-out conflict between Iran and the US. The US air raid that killed Soleimani and others in his convoy was "unlawful" and an "arbitrary killing" that violated the UN charter, the UN expert on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, concluded in a report on Tuesday. She said the US provided no evidence "an imminent attack" against American interests was being planned and, therefore, its "self-defence" justification did not apply.


Brian Hook, US special envoy for Iran, to step down; Elliott Abrams to take post

FOX News

Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, is leaving his post, the State Department announced Thursday, just as the Trump administration is attempting to rally the international community to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on the regime in Tehran. "Special Representative Hook has been my point person on Iran for over two years and he has achieved historic results countering the Iranian regime," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "He successfully negotiated with the Iranians the release of Michael White and Xiyue Wang from prison. Special Representative Hook also served with distinction as the Director of Policy Planning and set into motion a range of new strategies that advanced the national security interests of the United States and our allies," he said. "He has been a trusted adviser to me and a good friend. I thank him for his service."


Iran and US President Donald Trump: A timeline of key events

Al Jazeera

Iran has issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and dozens of his aides on Monday, months after the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike in Iraq. Tensions between Iran and the United States have soared since, but the two rivals have been at loggerheads since Trump pulled his country out of a landmark nuclear deal in 2018 signed three years prior between Iran and world powers. Here is a list of key events which led to the latest Iranian decision. December 27: A rocket attack on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk killed a US contractor and wounded several US service members and Iraqi personnel. In its statement confirming the attack, the US-led coalition against the ISIL (ISIS) armed group did not specify who might be responsible, but US officials later blamed Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group, for the attack.