The US asks the UN to hold Iran accountable for attacks on Saudi Aramco


UN (Sputnik) – The US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, called to hold Iran accountable for attacks against the facilities of Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco in September.

"The damage to the oil facilities shows that the attack was carried out from the north and not from the south, as it would be if the Houthis did it," said Craft, stressing that "the Security Council must reflect on what this means."

He added that "the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked a sovereign State from its territory, this provocative act must be condemned by all States, regardless of their position with respect to the nuclear agreement, the Security Council must hold Iran accountable."
Last week, the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, Antonio Guterres, said he is not in a position to independently confirm that attacks against Saudi Aramco facilities were the responsibility of Iran.

He stressed that the Secretariat cannot independently corroborate that cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles used in those attacks were of Iranian origin.

Uranium enrichment

Iran must immediately stop enriching uranium at the Fordo plant, the US ambassador said.

"Initially, Iran built Fordo as a fortified underground bunker for secret uranium enrichment, there is no legitimate reason for Iran to continue enrichment in this facility," Craft said.

He stressed that "Iran must immediately stop its uranium enrichment activities at this plant."
On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that his country will lift the exemption from sanctions in relation to the Fordo nuclear facility, effective until December 15, 2019.

In July 2015, Iran and six international mediators – Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France and Germany – signed the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (PAIC), which imposed a series of limitations on the Iranian nuclear program with the objective of exclude its possible military dimension, in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
In May 2018, Washington broke the pact and activated several batteries of sanctions against Iran on the grounds that that country was still developing nuclear weapons.
A year after the US withdrawal, Iran began gradually cutting back on the fulfillment of its nuclear commitments due to the lack of progress of the other signatory countries to counteract US restrictions.

On November 6, Iran for the fourth time refused to honor the commitments arising from the nuclear pact and began using centrifuges from the Fordo plant for uranium enrichment, while PAIC states that only the nuclear center can be used for this purpose from Natanz.

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