President Donald Trump plans to chair a key meeting of the UN Security Council this month to discuss Iran’s alleged violations of international law, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said.
Indian-origin Haley, who assumed the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of September, told reporters here on Tuesday that Trump intends to chair a meeting of the 15-nation UN body on Iran on September 26.
The US move aims to put further pressure on Tehran over its alleged violations of the UNSC’s resolutions, after Washington pulled out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal in May. The Trump administration says the Obama-era deal failed to put enough pressure on Iranian regime to halt its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.
The US has sought to build up international pressure on Iran after reimposing tough and unilateral sanctions on August 7 and setting a November 5 deadline for halting Iran’s oil exports.
The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly is set to start from September 18 in New York. Trump is expected to attend the session at the end of the month during high-level week which will begin on September 24, with a meeting on global peace.