Joshua Black, a chief U.S. sanctions and counterterrorism expert at the United Nations, has abruptly resigned from his State Department post due to a growing disillusionment with the Trump administration and its dismantling of international agreements, sources told Foreign Policy.
The publication reported Black was unhappy with the way the Trump administration “was tearing down a landmark nuclear deal he had personally participated in building.”
For years, Black led a team responsible for negotiations sanctions against Iran, North Korea, Libya, Yemen, and Sudan, as well as terrorist groups including al Qaeda and the Islamic State. More recently, Black served as the director for multilateral affairs in the National Security Council before returning to New York. Black’s team is “immensely important” and “essential to the department for coordinating sanctions in the [United Nations],” one State Department official told Foreign Policy.
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations declined to comment on why Black was stepping down. But several current and former U.S. officials said he had grown disillusioned serving an administration that was contemptuous of multilateral institutions and that was tearing down a landmark nuclear deal he had personally participated in building.