UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Iran’s foreign minister on Monday sent a letter to the UN secretary-general, saying the United States was “fully violating international law” after its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
“The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the nuclear agreement in 2015 is a complete violation of international law and the UN Charter,” said Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his letter.
He added that his actions “undermine the principle of the peaceful settlement of disputes, expose pluralism and its institutions to danger and indicate a return to the failed and catastrophic era of unilateralism and encourage intransigence and outlawing.”
Zarif addressed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich on May 10, two days after Trump decided to withdraw from the deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran.
Zarif is on a tour to China, Russia and Europe signatories to the agreement.
Zarif said in his letter that the United States, unlike Iran, had failed to meet its obligations under the agreement since Trump came to the White House.
He pointed out that Trump’s withdrawal means that “opposition to international laws has become a habit” of the US administration and a “gross lack of commitment” to Security Council Resolution 2231, which approved the agreement.