Weekend Reads Iran regains its right to vote at the UN, Seoul paid the payment arrears of Tehran

12:47  23 january  2022
12:47  23 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'Iran va retrouver son droit de vote à l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies après que Séoul a payé les arriérés de paiement de Téhéran à l'organisme mondial avec des fonds iraniens gelés dans le pays, a déclaré dimanche 23 janvier la Corée du Sud. © AFP - Philippe Merle Iran will regain its right to vote at the United Nations General Assembly after that Seoul paid the Téhran payment arrears to the global organization with Iranian funds frozen in the country, said Sunday, January 23rd South Korea.

South Korea used $ 18 million in Iranian funds frozen in Korean banks to pay Tehran's unpaid to UN budgets, said Sunday Seoul, which will allow Iran to quickly recover its right voting at the United Nations.

This payment was made on Friday 21 January in cooperation with the United States and the United Nations, after Iran had "urgently requested" to South Korea to pay the amount due, explained the South Korean Minister finances in a statement. "The payment of contributions to the UN of Iran (more than $ 18 million) has been conducted," confirmed AFP in New York the Iranian diplomatic mission.

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As early as Friday, UN sources had indicated to AFP that a little more than $ 18 million from Iran had been released in Seoul to settle the United Nations. This amount was the minimum of arrears due by Tehran at the United Nations to recover its right to vote within the organization, lost in early January.

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seven billion dollars frozen in two South Korean banks

Iran has more than 7 billion dollars for export funds oil, frozen in two South Korean banks because of American sanctions. "Iran's right to vote at the United Nations General Assembly should be immediately reinstated with this payment," added the South Korean ministry.

Iran was the third commercial partner of South Korea in the Middle East before the United States unilaterally retire from a nuclear agreement concluded in 2015 between Tehran and the global powers and reimpose sanctions paralyzing trade .

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Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations provides for suspension of the right to vote at the General Assembly. For any country whose amount of the arrears is equal to or greater than the contribution due by it for the two complete years elapsed.

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On 11 January, UN Secretary-General had announced that Iran had to pay $ 18.4 million to recover its right to vote. Last year, Iran had already lost its right to vote because of unpaid bills. Tehran stated that he could not honor the minimum required for his debts to the United Nations due to the economic and financial sanctions imposed by the United States.

After several months of negotiations, Tehran had been able to use funds blocked in South Korea to pay the minimum required debt and recover its right to vote, just before the election of new members to the UN Security Council. .

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