Days after Iran and the world’s major powers struck a historic give-and-take deal, the 15-member United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution that paves the way for lifting of international economic sanctions against Iran imposed by the world body.
The 14-page resolution drafted by negotiators in Vienna outlines a framework for curbing Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for ending the sanctions.
Under the deal, Iran has undertaken to allow international monitors to inspect its atomic facilities for the next 10 years to convince the world that its controversial nuclear programme was purely for civilian peaceful purposes.
The resolution, however, makes it clear that the UN Security Council will re-impose UN penalties during the next decade if Tehran violates the landmark agreement.
The resolution also states that sanctions relief will be implemented only the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submits a report to the UNSC verifying that Iran has taken steps to curb its nuclear programme, as outlined in the agreement.
The European Union also approved the Iran nuclear deal on July 20. The US administration has sent the Iran nuclear agreement to Congress, which is mandated to review it within 60 days.
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