Tehran has misplaced its voting rights on the UN for a second 12 months in a row because it faces hurdles in making funds because of US sanctions.

Tehran, Iran – Iran is as soon as extra looking for channels to pay its dues to the United Nations regardless of sanctions by the USA to regain its misplaced voting rights.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has at all times been dedicated to pay for its membership on time and now we have proven this in motion earlier than,” Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s everlasting consultant to the UN, mentioned late on Friday, including that the nation is on the lookout for a “secure channel” to make its fee to the organisation.

“Sadly, for a second 12 months we face hurdles in making our funds and that’s due to the merciless US sanctions … the funds are there in our accounts overseas however can’t be accessed.”

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres introduced earlier this week that Iran and 7 different nations have had their voting rights suspended over late dues.

Beneath the UN constitution, if a member nation’s arrears are equal to or exceed the quantity of dues it ought to have paid over the previous two years, its voting rights are suspended till fee is made. The minimal determine Iran must pay now to revive its rights reportedly quantities to a minimum of $18m.

Iran had additionally misplaced its voting rights final 12 months when the USA sanctions had prevented entry to its billions of {dollars} of cash frozen overseas.

After months of negotiations, the US Treasury in the end allowed entry to a small portion of Iran’s estimated $7bn blocked in South Korea to pay the minimal dues. That allowed Iran to regain its vote in time for the June election of recent members of the Safety Council.

The US sanctions have been imposed unilaterally since 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers. The landmark deal had led to lifting of sanctions in lieu of curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.

The West and its regional allies, significantly Israel, have accused Iran of creating nuclear weapons – an accusation Tehran has repeatedly denied. It insists its nuclear programme is completely peaceable.

In the intervening time, negotiations are persevering with in Vienna to revive the accord, which Tehran hopes will assist in the elimination of sanctions. US President Joe Biden had promised to revive the deal however talks to this point have been sluggish amid a confrontation between the 2 adversaries.