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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On December 21, Russian, Iranian, and E3 foreign ministers will discuss the JCPOA by videoconference.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below), views will be exchanged on preserving the landmark agreement despite efforts by Trump regime hardliners to destroy what took years to achieve.

Looking ahead, “many complications with implementing the plan” persist, said MZ, adding:

Key are hostile “US actions that run contrary to its international commitments on Resolution 2231.”

They include US war on Iran and its people by other means, an all-out effort to undermine Iranian sovereignty and immiserate its people.

Security Council Resolution 2231 made the JCPOA binding international and US constitutional law.

Under Article 25 of the UN Charter, its member states are obligated to “accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter.”

In flagrant violation, US regimes operate exclusively by their own rules — long ago having abandoned the rule of law.

Commenting on the deployment of US nukes in Europe, MZ said this policy breaches “Articles I and II of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).” 

“(N)on-nuclear countries where (US) nuclear weapons are stored directly violate their respective IAEA Safeguards Agreements.”

US nukes in Europe “cause serious concern in the strategic context and from the standpoint of ensuring the authority of the NPT and its viability, as well as the non-proliferation regime, stipulated by it.”

Russia called for returning Pentagon nukes on the continent to the US because of the menace to world peace and security they pose.

On these and other vital issues, the US does what it pleases extrajudicially — how it’s operated throughout the post-WW II period.

MZ slammed International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for refusing to address and rule on the Obama/Biden regime’s February 2014 coup in Ukraine that transformed the country into a fascist dictatorship in Europe’s heartland.

MZ accused her of “a total lack of understanding of reality” in the country by what happened and its hostile to the rule of law aftermath.

In deference to US and other Western interests, she falsely accused Russia of “occup(ing)” Crimea — a bald-faced Big Lie.

She abstained from her mandated obligation by letting ruling regime-controlled Ukrainian courts investigate the country’s war crimes in Donbass, assuring whitewash.

MZ added that “we cannot count on an impartial and professional consideration of (high crimes committed during 2013-14 from) Maidan events in the Hague, (or) bringing to justice the people behind the (massacre) in Odessa, or loss of civilian lives” from aggression against Donbass.

In a related move, Bensouda refused to investigate UK war crimes during years of US-led aggression in Iraq.

MZ: Despite indisputable evidence of horrendous war crimes in Iraq since 2003 (and earlier), “no one (in the West was) held accountable.”

Bensouda closed the ICC’s Iraq file, leaving it to aggressors USA, UK, and their imperial partners to investigate themselves.

MZ: The latest abdication of the ICC’s mandate “clearly show(s)  that a professional approach is nowhere to be seen and that double standards and the fear of (US/Western) sanctions rule.”

Russia does not recognize the ICC because it’s manipulated to serve Western interests over the rule of law, thereby losing legitimacy.

Commenting on illegal US sanctioning of Turkey for buying and installing Russian S-400 air defense missiles — Ankara’s legitimate right — MZ said the following:

The US “tried to dissuade Turkey from buying Russian weapons.”

Its ruling regimes “later threatened to impose sanctions and tried to pressure Ankara.” 

They did their “best to prevent Turkey from buying these systems.” 

“Washington did not conceal its motives or its steps.”

The Trump regime’s action is one among countless other “examples of (US) arrogan(ce)  towards international law…” 

It’s imposed “illegitimate unilateral coercive measures (on many nations) for many decades” — an example of how all rogue states operate.

Hostile to the rule of law actions by US regimes are all about advancing its imperial agenda at the expense of world peace, stability, the sovereign rights of other nations, and the rule of law.

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