US: The United States on Saturday said that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them.
“Today, the United States welcomes the return of virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
According to him, the measures were “back in effect” from 8:00 pm Washington time (0000 GMT Sunday).
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The government of US President Donald Trump also promised to “impose consequences” on any UN member state which does not comply with the sanctions, even though it is one of the only countries in the world which believes they are in force.
However Washington is almost alone on the issue: all the other great powers — China, Russia and also the US’ own European allies — have challenged the claim.