NEW YORK, JUNE 29 – Italy believes that the international community should continue to take every action to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal remains “a positive element” in the global efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: “At the same time, we do believe in the importance of a full and thorough implementation of Resolution 2231. Good faith implementation of both the JCPoA and of the Resolution 2231 will benefit regional security”, the Italian Deputy Permanent representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini told today the UN Security Council after a Council briefing by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi as Facilitator for the implementation of the resolution.
“The Council plays a key role on the Iran deal within its competencies, and Italy will continue to do its part, also in its capacity as Facilitator”, Lambertini said. In his briefing Cardi had announced that, in order to increase the outreach on Resolution 2231, he intends to convene an open briefing on July 14 for Member States to raise awareness and understanding.
Adopted unanimously in July 2015, resolution 2231 endorsed the the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) that was signed earlier that month by the five permanent members of the Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), plus Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran. The agreement set out a rigorous monitoring mechanism and timetable for implementation, while paving the way for the lifting of UN sanctions against Iran.
“Eighteen months after Implementation Day, transparency, practical guidance and outreach are priority,” the Italian Permanent Representative said. “We share the assessment by the Secretary General of the Iran deal as an ‘achievement of multilateral diplomacy’ that all participants should benefit from. We also share his view that the JCPoA provides an example of the benefits of diplomacy leading to the reduction of tensions among States, and wish to reiterate the Secretary General’s call for all Member States and other relevant organizations to support the implementation of this historic agreement”, Lambertini added, speaking in his national capacity.
The UN assessment of the implementation of the agreement was slammed by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The former governor of South Carolina accused the Council of failing to take any action against Iran, which she said had “repeatedly and deliberately violated” sanctions imposed by the body.
“The Security Council has failed to even take minimal steps to respond to these violations. We must … show Iran that we will not tolerate their egregious flaunting of U.N. resolutions,” Haley said.
Most UN sanctions were lifted 18 months ago under a deal Iran made with key world powers to curb its nuclear program. But Iran is still subject to an arms embargo and other restrictions, which are not technically part of the nuclear agreement. UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman briefed the council on Thursday on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ six-monthly report on the implementation of the remaining sanctions and restrictions, enshrined in resolution 2231. “The secretary-general’s report makes clear that Iran is in violation of the Security Council resolution 2231 and so the question becomes ‘what is the Security Council going to do about it?'” Haley said. (@OnuItalia)