Lawyers at the State Department claimed in a memo that the U.S. remains part of the Security Council resolution endorsing the deal and can use the provision to restore sanctions, AP reports.
"You'll be watching it next week".
"Our basic position in support of the JCPOA remains unchanged".
The mechanism in the nuclear deal allows for bringing back allUnited Nations sanctions that existed before the accord if Iran is proven to be in violation of its terms.
The U.N. resolution that enshrined the deal, includes a "snapback" mechanism that allows an individual nation to reimpose expiring sanctions on Iran - including the arms embargo - by filing a complaint to a Security Council panel.
The vote in the 15-member council was two in favour, two against and 11 abstentions, leaving it far short of the minimum nine "yes" votes required for adoption.
People on the streets of Tehran had mixed reactions.
The US failed in this conspiracy with humiliation.
A second European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "the overwhelming majority of the worldwide community" believe the United States can not trigger snapback. The U.S. has warned it could result in Iran selling arms to countries like Venezuela and Syria.
"This is an American political game".
"The United States will never abandon our friends in the region who expected more from the Security Council", Pompeo said. Biden's advisor said that a Biden administration would keep Trump's sanctions in place until Iran returns to compliance.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee's National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force, told the Washington Free Beacon last week that his group wants snapback sanctions immediately.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday made clear the US would press on. Has Iran done anything to warrant reconsideration of its status as the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism? Instead of opposing the sale of weapons, the Security Council encourages it.