China: U.S. is ineligible to invoke snapback mechanism

August 21, 2020 - 17:0

TEHRAN – The Chinese mission to the United Nations said in a tweet on Friday that the United States is not a participant to the 2015 nuclear deal and therefore it is “ineligible” to invoke the snapback mechanism to return all the UN sanctions on Iran.

“The United States, as a nonparticipant to #JCPOA, is ineligible to demand the Security Council invoke the #snapback mechanism. US letter does not constitute the ‘notification’ specified in #UNSCR2231 and shall not be deemed as a trigger of snapback,” said the tweet.

In a statement on Thursday, the Chinese mission had also said the U.S. demand to trigger the snapback has no legal ground and common sense.

“The JCPOA participants and overwhelming majority of the Security Council members believe that the U.S. demand has no legal basis,” the Chinese mission to the UN says in a statement.“It is nothing but a political show staged by the United States. It receives no support of the Security Council members and no acknowledgment of the international community,” read the statement.

It also said, “The JCPOA, endorsed by UNSC Resolution 2231, has the force of international law. In May 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and reinstated illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran. This violated the JCPOA and UNSC Resolution 2231. Having quit the JCPOA, the United States is no longer a participant to the JCPOA and has no right to demand the Security Council invoke a snapback as stipulated in Resolution 2231. In the meantime, a snapback mechanism should never be invoked until all efforts are made to exhaust dispute resolution process specified in the JCPOA. Therefore, the JCPOA participants and overwhelming majority of the Security Council members believe that the U.S. demand has no legal basis, and a snapback mechanism has not been invoked. Ambassador Zhang Jun has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council, expressing China’s opposition to the U.S. demand.”

“China will work with relevant parties to continue to uphold the just position, resolutely preserve the JCPOA and UNSC resolution, safeguard multilateralism, the authority of the Security Council, the international non-proliferation regime and regional peace and stability, and seek a political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. At the same time, we are firmly against U.S. unilateral sanctions and ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ against other countries in the name of Iranian nuclear issue, and will continue to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests.”


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