Geostrategic developments and concerns


Faizan Rashid
With the latest Sino-Iran geostrategic alliance, the world’s geo-political canvas is getting galvanised to almost pre-cold war status, offering a number of options to the regional and globalised powers to work with. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo notified the United Nations on behalf of the Trump Administration that the US wants all UN sanctions on Iran restored, under the claims that Iran violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. He reaffirms that the US had a right to impose sanctions under UN resolution 2231 that laid out the rules of JCPOA agreement. Members of the UNSC: United Kingdom, Russia, France, and Germany are of the view that the US unilaterally removed itself from being a
participant to the JCPOA deal, saying “We cannot therefore support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPOA.” This is a recent string of developments regarding Iran in the global forum. Last week, the United Nations Security Council rejected a US proposal to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran. The rejection of the proposal underscored the US’s global isolation. The snapback provision is seen as a possible measure to punish any Iranian violations by reimposing all
sanctions lifted when the deal took effect. That could include the prohibition of not just arms deals, but also oil sales and banking agreements. In theory, all the UN member states would have to adhere to this provision. Iran and China are drafting a sweeping security and economic partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors. The partnership would guarantee Chinese investment and military support in Iran in exchange for hydrocarbons, which extends for 25 years.