Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expresses his “strong dismay” at the decision, saying Tehran was unable to pay its arrears due to US sanctions.
Iran on Thursday criticized the United Nations’ decision to suspend its voting rights in the General Assembly for failing to pay its dues as “fundamentally flawed, completely unacceptable and completely unjustified.”
Tehran argues that the $ 16.2 million it owes to the UN is the result of Washington’s crippling sanctions, imposed after former US President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal. 2015 with Iran.
Iran’s voting rights in the United Nations General Assembly were suspended in January according to rules for countries whose arrears are equal to or greater than their outstanding contributions over the past two years.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his “strong dismay” at the loss of the right to vote, in a letter sent Thursday to UN Chief Antonio Guterres.
“Iran’s inability to meet its financial obligation to the United Nations is directly caused by” illegal unilateral sanctions “imposed by the United States,” Zarif wrote, according to the letter. published on his Twitter account.
The letter from the United Nations
Zarif said Iran rejected the suspension of its voting privileges because “Tehran’s inability to transfer its financial contribution has been completely out of its control.”
Guterres, in a May 28 letter to the UN General Assembly, said five countries did not have the right to vote because they did not pay arrears, but added that the United Nations could allow them to vote if considered. “due to conditions out of control” of the Member State.
Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric said there had been a “very intense discussion” with Iran to find a solution.
“It’s not for lack of attempts, neither on our side nor on their side … but the country falls under a series of bilateral sanctions, which makes it a bit difficult,” Dujarric told reporters.
“These discussions continue in good faith.”
Zarif urged the UN leadership to “remain true to the purposes and principles” of the UN charter and to “refrain from any decision that betrays the spirit of sovereign equality of member states and weakens the multilateralism “.
The withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal and the re-imposition of sanctions caused Iran to intensify its nuclear activities.
U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed his willingness to revive the deal and world powers have been meeting in Vienna since early April to try to do so, with a new round of talks beginning on next week.