Jan 7, 2018, 2:06 PM
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US rebuked at UNSC

Tehran, Jan 7, IRNA – When the protests kicked off in Tehran, it was totally predictable that Donald Trump's administration would try to misuse them to isolate Iran in the international scene. But United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's haste and miscalculation caused her plan to boomerang.

In other words, her bid for the emergency meeting in the UN Security Council and the reactions of the UNSC member states during the meeting showed that Trump's administration either is not well aware of the role of the Iran Nuclear Deal in the new international diplomatic arrangement or, at least, underestimates it.

What's more, Haley's attempt to move the UN Security Council against Iran was a bite more than she could chew, which once again proved that not only Trump's administration lacks any flair for using international tools in diplomacy, but they think they can exercise populist methods, like the ones they use inside the US, to achieve the goals they long. Haley's unwise move shows how far Trump's government has moved from the experts and technocratic bodies of the US foreign policy system.

The US representative to the UN could most probably predict that no resolutions would be issued against Iran, yet she must have guessed that she would be able to lead the meeting to issue a presidential statement against Iran, or, at least, to reprimand Iran.

She guessed she could use Western countries' condemnation of Iran to impress and influence the American public opinion. Hence, she tried her best to relate the protests to Iran's regional policies, such as supporting the Syrian legitimate government, the alleged sending of missiles to Yemen, supporting the Houthis in Yemen, the threadbare claim against Iran to support terrorism, etc. so that she could at least gather US allies around one of the issues.

But the emergency meeting took another path: two important issues became the center of the meeting and contrary to Trump's administration's expectation caught the attention of the US media.

First, most member states criticized the US for trying to misuse the UNSC as a tool against protests in Iran. Second, most member countries, including four of the permanent members, used the meeting to defend the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. In other words, the meeting that was supposed to rebuke Iran ended up defending the JCPOA and denouncing the US' attempt to misuse the international body.

The event becomes especially important due to the fact that the US was so successful in using international bodies, like the UNSC and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), against Iran that these organizations would issue resolutions against Iran out of their charter.

We should not forget that Iran's nuclear file being illegally and unjustifiably referred to the UNSC changed the issue from something 'technical' and 'non-political' to an issue of 'international security' in a day and the nuclear limitations were bindingly and exponentially generalized to cover financial and energy fields as well.

It seems that the US traditional allies outspokenly announced that after the JCOPA no one buys any other methods.

Source: Iran Newspaper

Written by Reza Nasri
Translated by Hossein Abolqasemi


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