Tehran (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran has thwarted Washington's efforts using active and innovative diplomacy, which has resulted in Iran's victory at the UN Security Council.

Iran Press/Iran news: Zarif told reporters on Wednesday: "At a time when the Trump regime and Zionists have made every effort to put economic, political, and security pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran, my colleagues and I at the foreign ministry have worked around the clock to thwart these efforts."

He added: "Three unprecedented diplomatic victories in the Security Council in the last few weeks are the gift of the foreign ministry to the great nation of Iran during the Government Week."

In the end, Iran's top diplomat said: "In this difficult but honorable way ... we will work hard to ensure Iran's interests."

Following the failure of the US to adopt a draft resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran at the United Nations Security Council, and despite its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US tried to invoke the 'snapback mechanism' for resuming sanctions, which legally is reserved only for participating members in the agreement, while it is not considered as a member anymore.

The US decision to try invoking the snapback mechanism was strongly opposed by members of the United Nations Security Council.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the international agreement and announced the return of nuclear sanctions, in violation of Washington's commitments under the JCPOA.

Trump's move has drawn widespread domestic and international condemnation.


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