During a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on its program of work for the month of September, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Haley announced that President Donald Trump intends to host a high-level meeting of heads of state and government regarding a global challenge and also chair a session of the U.N. Security Council on a critical regional issue during his visit to New York.
Trump to focus on Iran
The meeting will focus on Iran and spotlight its violations of international law. The United States holds the council presidency in September, but Haley has been unsuccessful in pushing the security council to confront Iran.
She regularly attacks Iran on a number of issues, including meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as the instability being sown by the regime throughout the region. Diplomats have indicated that Iran could request to speak at the September 26 meeting. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to address the U.N. on September 25.
The U.S. is not expected to object to Rouhani speaking to the assembly.
Russia indicates that meeting should also focus on 2015 resolution
The Russia deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy noted that the meeting should focus on the implementation of the 2015 resolution on Iran, as well as the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May. Sanctions are being renewed as part of that withdrawal, which is likely to have greater economic implications for the Iranian regime.
Iran is still subject to the U.N. arms embargo, so there are questions regarding the fact that Iranian weapons have been used by the Houthi rebels in the conflict in Yemen.
Russia also stands as a protection for Iran during these discussions, preventing any serious consequences for the regime by refusing to vote against Iran. In February, for instance, the Russian government blocked a U.S.-led bid to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling in the rebels’ hands in Yemen. Iran denies selling or trading any weapons to the rebels, despite evidence found by international organizations who went to Saudi Arabia to examine the weapons.
The Iranian regime has also increased its media aggression in attempts to limit the impact of U.S. sanctions by encouraging countries to ignore them, as well as threatening military action in the Strait of Hormuz if U.S. sanctions negatively impact Iranian oil sales. Many countries and companies have pulled out of Iran ahead of the sanctions being implemented.