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Iran urges UN to hold US to account over sanctions

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on Monday urged the to hold the accountable for reimposing sanctions on Tehran, branding the measures illegal and in violation of a resolution.

Iranian said in a letter to UN that the "irresponsible conduct of the necessitates a collective response to uphold the rule of law."

"The and its member-states, in accordance with the charter of the and the international law, should resist against these wrongful acts and hold the accountable for such acts," he added.

reimposed sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal after pulling out of the international agreement reached between Iran, the United States and five other powers: Britain, France, Germany, and

The sanctions hit oil exports, shipping and Eight waivers to the ban on Iranian were issued to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, and

The nuclear deal was unanimously endorsed by a resolution, which means it is legally binding.

Diplomats, however, said there were no plans to raise the US sanctions at the council for the time being.

UN indicated that Guterres was in no hurry to push for action. "We will take a look at the letter and respond accordingly," he said.

The Iranian said the United States "not only blatantly defies the resolution 2231" that endorsed the nuclear deal, "but also audaciously coerces other states to violate the resolution."

"Those sanctions are illegal and run counter to the well-established principles" of non-interference in internal affairs and freedom of international trade, he added.

During the annual UN gathering of world leaders in September, Trump chaired a council meeting that focused heavily on Iran, laying bare the rift between the US and other powers on the nuclear deal.

European leaders and representatives from and defended the deal and urged Trump to allow them to continue to uphold it.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 00:30 IST