The United Nations is finally coming to admit what the rest of us have long suspected: the Islamic Republic of Iran is not abiding by its obligations to deescalate hostilities with the civilized world. Instead, the mullah-run theocracy may be doubling-down on its nuclear program.
In July, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon released a report on Iran’s burgeoning ballistic missiles program, stating that such provocation was not consistent with the “constructive spirit” of the nuclear deal signed by the United States and P5+1 partners.
While Ban allowed the security council to determine whether or not Iran’s ballistic missiles testing had violated provisions of the nuclear deal, he was clear-eyed about the Islamic Republic’s lack of regard for international norms.
Ban followed up his July criticisms with a reported submitted to the security council on December 30. The report highlighted Iran’s recent efforts to bolster its conventional and proxy warfare divisions.
The report was submitted to the Security Council on Dec. 30 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before he was succeeded by Antonio Guterres on Jan. 1. It comes just weeks before US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to either scrap the nuclear agreement or seek a better deal, takes office.
“In a televised speech broadcast by Al Manar TV on 24 June 2016, Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, stated that the budget of Hezbollah, its salaries, expenses, weapons and missiles all came from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ban stated. “I am very concerned by this statement, which suggests that transfers of arms and related materiel from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Hezbollah may have been undertaken contrary (to a Security Council resolution).”
Although some sanctions against Iran were lifted as a result of the nuclear deal, others still remain in place. To this day, Iran is subjected to an arms embargo. The embargo may not be part of the nuclear deal per se, but Iran’s failure to cooperate with the international community when it comes to conventional weapons portends bad tidings for the future of its nuclear program.
At every step of the way, Iran has displayed neither the will nor the desire to curb its nuclear ambitions.