Iran links suspension of UN voting rights to US sanctions – Reuters
Iranian envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Friday that US sanctions had led to Iran’s non-payment of membership dues to the world body, but expressed hope that Tehran’s efforts to end the suspension would soon bear fruit.
His remarks come as Iran has been denied the right to vote on various issues in the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for the second consecutive year, Press TV reported.
The United States reimposed the sanctions after quitting the 2015 deal with Iran and world powers that had partially suspended coercive economic measures.
“As an active member of the UN, Iran has always been committed to paying its dues on time, and we have proven this in practice, but unfortunately, due to the cruel and unilateral sanctions (by the States States), we had to face the problem of paying our dues for the second year in a row,” said Takht Ravanchi.
He also pointed out that the restrictions not only hinder Iran’s access to humanitarian items, including medicines and medical equipment, but that the bans also hinder the work of the UN.
The Iranian envoy further noted that the Islamic Republic is working to secure a safe financial channel to pay its UN dues and regain its right to vote.
Takht Ravanchi also said Iran was already discussing the issue with UN officials and hoped it would be resolved as soon as possible.