Equityworld Futures – The United States is returning virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, according to a Saturday night statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Calling Iran the world™s leading state sponsor of terror and anti-Semitism, the statement said the sanctions are being reimposed beginning Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 UTC) through the snapback process contained in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the Iran nuclear agreement.

The U.S. took this action because Iran failed uphold its JCPOA commitments and the Security Council failed to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years, the statement said.

The statement also said, œThe United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures. It said the U.S. would announce in the coming days œadditional measures to strengthen implementation of UN sanctions and hold violators accountable.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded Saturday, hours before the U.S. announced its plans to reimpose snapback sanctions against Tehran.

“The Americans as a rule act as a bully and impose sanction. ¦ The world community should decide how to act towards bullying,” Zarif told Iranian state television.

The U.S. tried but failed on August 14 to extend an expiring arms embargo against Iran through a resolution at the U.N. Security Council.

Source : VOA