U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump would chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran later this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York to spotlight its “violations of international law” .
The United States holds the council presidency for September and has unsuccessfully pushed the Security Council to call out Iran. Nikki Haley has regularly attacked Iran by accusing it of meddling in the wars in Yemen and Syria.
Haley said that Trump was chairing the meeting to address Iran’s violations of international law. He also pointed out to the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region.
The high-level week of the U.N. General Assembly would take place on the 26th of September. It is expected that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the assembly on September 25th.
The Iranian U.N. mission was not available immediately for a comment.
Haley said the United States has no objection to Rouhani speaking.
Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador said the Iran meeting should aim to implement a 2015 resolution on Iran.
In May this year, Trump withdrew from the accord between Iran and six world powers aimed at stalling Tehran’s nuclear capabilities only in return for lifting a few sanctions. Trump had ordered that the sanctions which were suspended under the deal should be reimposed.
Iran is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and few restrictions that contained in the resolution which preserves the nuclear deal. European powers though have been scrambling to salvage the accord.
Russia vetoed a U.S.-led bid for the Security Council in February to call out Tehran for not being able to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. Tehran had denied this charge.
Many council members had also expressed opposition to Haley’s plan to convene a meeting on Nicaragua this Wednesday .
There had been protests over government plans to cut welfare benefits in which more than 300 people were killed and thousands were injured in crackdowns by police and armed groups.
Russia, China, Bolivia and others said the situation in Nicaragua was not at all a threat to international peace and security. Hence they feel that it should not be discussed by the council. It is expected that Bolivia will block the meeting on Wednesday. However, it does not have the minimum nine votes required to do so.