The United States requested the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to reinstate the economic sanctions against Iran. Washington’s bid was defeated. Its only support came from the Dominican Republic. China and Russia rejected the motion and all 11 other members of the Security Council abstained. 

The economic sanctions have crippled the Iranian economy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued for the sanctions’ reinstation on Thursday. President Trump had sent Pompeo to New York in an effort to enforce the “snapback” provision written into the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. 

“The United States intends to restore virtually all of the previously suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran,” President Donald Trump said earlier this week. “It’s a snapback.” — a mechanism built into the Iran nuclear deal.