U.S. officials: No, no, no way to use U.N. ‘top priority’ to negotiate ceasefire deal
U. S. officials told The Associated Press on Monday that a key U. N. Security Council resolution that would lift sanctions on Iran is not a top priority to get Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program.
The resolution, approved by the council in December, calls on Iran to end its nuclear program in return for a halt in all its ballistic missile and nuclear activities.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. “
It is not the top priority for the administration and it is not even a top-priority to us.”
The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A senior U. States.
official told the AP the resolution was unlikely to pass the council.
“I don’t think it’s a top concern,” the official said.
The council is set to hold its regular meeting this week in New York, and it’s likely to be the final vote before the resolution is officially approved.
The U.K. and France are expected to vote in favor of the resolution, the U.A.E. is expected to cast its vote against and China is expected not to vote.
spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Monday, “The resolution has been put forward to the U-UN and the Security Council in order to discuss the issues in a way that has the greatest likelihood of success.”
But Nesirisky said the resolution “has not been approved by any of the 28 member states.”
“It does not represent a top item on the agenda,” he said.
“Its the highest priority item for us.”
But U. South Korea and Japan, which both have veto power, are expected not vote in support of the UNA resolution, and South Korea has said it would not accept the UNS resolution because of Iran.
The White House has also said that President Donald Trump would veto the resolution if it passed the council, a decision that will likely anger the other 27 member states, which include China.