Tehran has lost its right to vote at the UN for the second year in a row as it faces obstacles to retaliation for US sanctions.
Tehran, Iran Iran is also trying to find ways to repay its debts to the United Nations despite the United States being punished for regaining its voting rights.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has been committed to paying its membership on time and we have already shown this,” said Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the UN at the end of Friday, adding that the country wants. “safe way” to present its remuneration to the organization.
“Unfortunately, for the second year in a row we are facing restrictions on our repayment and it is due to harsh US penalties … the money is in our account abroad but not available.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced earlier this week that Iran and seven other countries have been suspended from voting because of delays.
Under the UN Charter, if the repatriation of a member state is equal to or exceeds the amount it has to pay over the past two years, its voting right is suspended until payment is made. The minimum wage that Iran now has to pay to restore its alleged $ 18m rights.
Iran also lost its voting rights last year when US sanctions denied access to billions of dollars in foreign exchange.
After months of negotiations, the US Treasury Government allowed a chance to secure a small portion of the $ 7bn Iranian currency that was closed in South Korea to pay the minimum wage. This allowed Iran to regain its vote during the June election of new Security Council members.
U.S. sanctions have been imposed unanimously since 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with international powers. The treaty required the lifting of sanctions in place of Iran’s nuclear program.
The West and its regional allies, especially Israel, have accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons – a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied. It insists that its nuclear program is completely peaceful.
In the meantime, talks are underway in Vienna to renew the agreement, which Tehran hopes will help ease sanctions. US President Joe Biden has promised to revive the alliance but talks have slowed down between the two rivals.