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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this week that Iran will lose its voting rights in the General Assembly after failing to pay its contributions to the multilateral organization’s operating budget.
In a letter to the President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, Guterres said that the theocratic regime, along with countries like the Central African Republic and Somalia, was lagging behind. Iran will not be able to vote, but a previous resolution allowed some countries, including Somalia, to continue voting in the current session, which ends in September.
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Iran would have to pay $ 16,251,298 to restore its voting rights, compared to the $ 1,443,640 Somalia owes and $ 29,395 the Central African Republic.
The Charter of the United Nations states that members whose arrears are equal to or greater than their dues for the past two years will lose their rights – but it also enabled the General Assembly to decide that their non-payment is beyond their control and allows them to: continue to pay vote.
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Iran and its movements at the United Nations are being carefully monitored with a view to possibly re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as codified by the UN Security Council. Talks are ongoing to include both the US – who left during the Trump administration – and Iran back in the deal.
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The US, meanwhile, is re-entering UN institutions from which the Trump administration had withdrawn – including the World Health Organization and the controversial Human Rights Council.
Ben Evansky of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.