Iran to lose voting rights at UN General Assembly over $16m in unpaid dues | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Iran to lose voting rights at UN General Assembly over $16m in unpaid dues

Iran will lose its voting rights at the United Nations General Assembly after falling into arrears and failing to pay its dues, the international body has said.

In a letter sent to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Iran had missed several payments and needed to pay $16,251,298 to restore its voting rights.

According to the letter, the Central African Republic was also in arrears and would need to pay $29,395 to get its voting rights back.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reacted angrily to the announcement on Thursday and blamed Tehran's inability to pay on "unlawful unilateral sanctions" imposed on the Islamic Republic by the United States.

"It is astonishingly absurd that Iranian people, who have been forcibly blocked from transferring their own money and resources to buy food and medicine - let alone pay UN contributions arrears - by a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, are now being punished for not being allowed to pay budget arrears by the secretariat of the same Organization," Zarif said in a letter sent to Guterres.

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