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Jun 13, 2021

Iran pays UN debts, allowed voting rights

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
UN General Assembly Hall. AP photo
UN General Assembly Hall. AP photo

Iran has paid back US $16.2 million debt owed to the United Nations.

The Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote on Twitter “the UN announced it has received the funds.” A UN source revealed that the amount was received from an Iranian account based in Seoul.

Tehran was unable to pay the liabilities as the funds were frozen by US sanctions. Thus, the Iranian envoy further wrote in social accounts that “An illegal sanctions made by the US not just delayed in settling the UN debts but also deprived our people of medicine,”

With clearing the dues to the UN, Iran’s voting rights in the UN was restored. As so, Iran voted in the General Assembly on Friday in the election of five new non-permanent members to the Security Council that has elected the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Albania, Gabon and Ghana.

The United Nations has 193 member states, all of which pay yearly into the organization. Every Member State is legally obligated to pay their respective share towards peacekeeping.

According to the agreed formula, the United States owes 22% of the UN regular budget and 28% of the peacekeeping budget.

The four largest contributors to the United Nations are the US (22% of the UN budget), China (12.005%), Japan (8.564%) and Germany (6.090%) – together finance some 49% of the entire UN budget.

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