June 18, 2021


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UN suffrage, angry Iran

The organization has suspended Iran’s voting rights due to its inability to contribute to the UN. Iran has written a letter to the United Nations in protest. Tehran says the agency’s decision is completely unacceptable and completely unfair.

The letter was written to the United Nations by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif. He published the letter on his Twitter account.

Iran blames US sanctions for failing to pay UN dues, AFP reports. The country said it owed ৬ 17.2 million to the United Nations. In 2016, then-US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal with Iran. He then imposed sanctions on Tehran. Iran is under economic pressure due to Washington’s sanctions.

Iran’s suffrage was suspended at the UN General Assembly last January. If a country’s arrears are equal to or in excess of its grant for two consecutive years, then the United Nations has made such a decision in accordance with the policy.

Last Thursday, the Iranian foreign minister expressed his frustration in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “The unethical and unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran are directly responsible for its failure to meet its UN commitments,” he said.

Javed Zarif said Iran had rejected the UN decision to revoke the right to vote. Because, Iran’s inability to transfer money is completely out of its control. On May 26, Guterres wrote to the General Assembly that the voting rights of five member states had been revoked for failing to pay arrears. However, countries can be allowed to vote if they are not able to control the conditional issues.