In response to Washington’s continued attempts to force Iran to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has suggested the UN charter be renegotiated as well, including removing the Security Council’s veto power.
Zarif blasted the US position on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying in a Thursday tweet the deal “cannot be renegotiated – period.”
Then, as if to expose the absurdity behind the position, he noted that “if 2021 is not 2015, it’s not 1945 either. So let’s change UN Charter & remove the veto – so often abused by US.”
The US is one of five nations that is both a permanent member of, and holds unilateral veto power over all resolutions by, the UN Security Council, the only part of the UN with the authority to issue binding resolutions to other nations. The other four nations with veto power are the United Kingdom, France, the People’s Republic of China, and Russia, the latter two of which were originally given to the Republic of China and to the Soviet Union, respectively, and then passed on to their legal successor states.
All were allied nations at the conclusion of World War II, part of the anti-fascist alliance that defeated Japan, Germany, Italy, and their various allied states in 1945, although China and the USSR soon formed their own communist bloc as the Cold War reignited old rivalries. Incidentally, all the five nations also constitute the majority of the world’s nuclear-armed nations; the others are Pakistan, India, Israel, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The US has used its veto power to shield it and its allies from international scrutiny, including especially ‘Israel’. The US has vetoed 82 UNSC resolutions, but the USSR/Russia has actually vetoed more, at 116 resolutions.
“Let’s stop posturing – which we both did 2003-2012 to no avail – & get down to implementing JCPOA – which we both actually signed on to,” Zarif then pleaded.