Why is the U.N. Refusing to Reinstate the Arms Embargo on Iran?

Published September 6th, 2020 - 06:01 GMT
The US is claiming that Iran has failed to meet its requirements of compliance with the treaty, but the Security Council could not come to a consensus on this reasoning.
The US is claiming that Iran has failed to meet its requirements of compliance with the treaty, but the Security Council could not come to a consensus on this reasoning.

By Maryam Mohamed

As part of the 2015 nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran, the Persian empire faced a temporary arms embargo. That is set to expire on October 18, 2020, and the US is seeking to have the embargo extended.

However, the effort to trigger what is referred to as a ‘snapback’ of sanctions has been rejected, or blocked, by the UN Security Council. The US is claiming that Iran has failed to meet its requirements of compliance with the treaty, but the Security Council could not come to a consensus on this reasoning.


Even though the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement two years ago, it still claims authority to trigger the ‘snapback’ effort. What’s even more pressing is that although Iran has been the primary supplier and support of terrorist activities throughout the Middle East for years, the UN Security Council does not appear to have the best interests of other nations at heart.

The US, under the Trump Administration, has been creating a widening breadth with the gulf and other UN nations, but not because of its own nefarious goals as some may claim. Its focus is on creating stability within the Middle East and because they recognize the destructive force Iran has been and continues to be.

Without this snapback reinstatement of the arms embargo, Iran will have full and complete access to once again openly and freely sell and buy arms and munitions. This means they will then be able to supply arms for its terrorist cells to carry out attacks in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, among other targets. The Security Council either doesn’t seem to understand this, or they prefer to turn a blind eye to the potential crisis -political as well as humanitarian.

Suffering Under Iranian Rule

Many people throughout the Middle East have long been suffering under Iranian rule and influence. Even its own citizens have been victimized by a tyrannical regime bent on the destruction of Israel as well as dominance throughout the Middle East.

Protests against Iran’s leadership and interference have been increasing in numerous nations, including Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran itself. Iran has been interfering with the political interests of these and other countries for years, but the UN Security Council are turning a deaf ear and blind eye to the pleas of these people.

Lebanese forces, sympathetic to Iranian leadership, have been using excessive force against protesters in the wake of the explosion in Beirut that killed 180 people and injured more than 6,000. 

Corruption and incompetence among Lebanon’s leaders have been blamed, prompting many protests to build across the city and stretching across the country. In its response, security forces have reportedly been using lethal force against these demonstrators, according to Human Rights Watch.

Yet, while the Lebanese army as well as the ISF (Internal Security Forces) both claimed in separate statements that neither one used live ammunition or even rubber bullets against protesters and demonstrations, the doctors and journalists on the ground report munition shell casings strewn about.

These tactics are similar to the destabilizing efforts Iran has made for decades throughout the region and a clear indication that when they are able to once again openly buy and sell arms, these situations will only increase. 

Iran’s proxies, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, have effectively become the terrorist arm of the Iranian regime, actively pursuing instability throughout the region. Even during these past five years while Iran has been under this embargo, these groups still managed to carry out acts of terror.

What will happen when the embargo lifts and these groups have unfettered access to untold numbers of weapons? This is the question, it seems, the UN Security Council does not want to consider. Or address.

The UN Must Make a Stand

It’s easy to make bold claims about peace, but it’s in our actions that show the true nature of one’s heart. If the United Nations truly wants peace throughout the Middle East, which is claims, then its actions must begin to align with that goal. 

If this is the case, it must acknowledge the ongoing and destructive role Iran has played in destroying lives, undermining peace efforts, and seeking to dominate the region in nearly every facet.

Taking a passive role, focusing on inaction instead of action, simply allows Iran to boldly press forward with its aim of destruction and destabilization. Eventually, if Iran manages to achieve its ultimate goals through these terrorist-supporting efforts, it will only be a matter of time before that evil spreads.

The UN Security Council has a chance to stand with the US in triggering the snapback option of the nuclear agreement and telling Iran its destructive behaviors will no longer be tolerated.

The question that lingers: is the UN truly for peace or power? Inaction is still taking a stand, and sadly, that stand is for Iran and its proxy terrorist organizations.


Maryam Mohamed is an experienced political analyst with a history of working in the government and administration industry. She is  currently working as an independent political analyst, consulting private corporations on security in the Middle East.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Al Bawaba News.

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