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Pompeo says U.S. expects to trigger snapback on Iran soon

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces the news media with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expecting to trigger snapback - a return of all U.S. sanctions on Iran - soon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washington’s bid to extend an arms embargo on the country.

To trigger a return of the sanctions, the United States will submit a complaint to the 15-member U.N. Security Council about Iran’s non-compliance with the nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Susan Heavey

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