Trump to lead Security Council talks on Iranian ‘threats to the region’

Source: Trump to lead Security Council talks on Iranian ‘threats to the region’ | The Times of Israel

UN envoy Nikki Haley says September 26 meeting will seek up pressure on Tehran’s ‘violations’; Russian envoy wants talks to focus on implementing nuke deal

US President Donald Trump (L) next to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during lunch with members of the United Nations Security Council in the State Dining Room of the White House, January 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

US President Donald Trump (L) next to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley during lunch with members of the United Nations Security Council in the State Dining Room of the White House, January 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

US President Donald Trump plans to lead a meeting of heads of state of the United Nations Security Council on Iran in late September, his envoy Nikki Haley announced Tuesday.

With the United States now holding the presidency of the Security Council, Haley said the aim is to further pressure Tehran over its alleged violations of council resolutions, including support for terror.

“President [Donald] Trump is very adamant that we have to start making sure that Iran is falling in line with international order,” Haley told reporters.

She cited Iran’s support for terror, ballistic missile tests, and arms transfers to Houthi rebels in Yemen as items the council would discuss.

“These are all violations of security council resolutions,” she said. “These are all threats to the region, and these are all things that the international community needs to talk about.”

The UN Security Council meets on April 14, 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP/Hector Retamal)

In May, Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which had been signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers, and began restoring US sanctions on the Islamic Republic. One of his main complaints was that the deal failed to address Iran’s destabilizing activities.

Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said the September 26 meeting should focus on implementing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which the United States pulled out in May, the Reuters news agency quoted diplomats as saying.

“We very much hope that there will be views voiced in connection with the US withdrawal,” Polyanskiy said.

In February, Russia vetoed a British-drafted Security Council resolution renewing sanctions on Yemen and calling out Tehran for violated the arms embargo on the country by failing to block supplies of missiles and drones to Houthi rebels.

The Trump administration has vowed to stick with its pressure campaign against Iran, affirming its strategy to change Tehran’s behavior through economic sanctions.

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