On Friday, Iran regained the right to vote in the United Nations General Assembly, after it paid the two-year membership dues to the United Nations, estimated at about $16 million, after Washington enabled Tehran to use frozen assets in South Korea.
Iran lost the right to vote in the United Nations General Assembly, which includes 193 members, last January, due to two years of arrears.
According to Article 19, a member of the United Nations that is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall not have the right to vote in the General Assembly, if the value of its arrears equals or exceeds the value of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, confirmed – in a press conference – Iran’s payment of financial dues to the organization, and added that Tehran participated in the vote to elect 5 new member states for membership in the UN Security Council for the years 2022 and 2023.
Tehran owes the United Nations more than $65 million, but it has paid the minimum necessary to restore the right to vote.
Iran says that $20 billion of its oil revenues have been frozen in countries such as South Korea, Iraq and China since 2018, under the sanctions that the United States re-imposed on it by a decision of the administration of former President Donald Trump.