US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that new sanctions would be imposed on the Iranian Ministry of Defense and the President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro for helping to violate the arms embargo on Tehran.
In a new move to put more pressure on the Iranian government, Pompeo has warned that anyone who “violates the United Nations embargo on Iran risks sanctions”. “These actions must be heard around the world today,” he said during a press conference, according to information from CNBC.
On Saturday, the US President Donald Trump announced that it would unilaterally impose sanctions under the so-called “snapback” mechanism, which is part of the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned a few years ago. This action took place even though the UN Security Council refused to extend the embargo imposed on Tehran.
For some of the countries that make up the Security Council, Washington has no right to enforce this measure now that it has abandoned the agreement. However, Pompeo has asserted that “if a member of the United Nations fails to meet its obligations regarding sanctions, the United States stands ready to use its authority”.