Arms embargo against Iran not linked with nuclear deal: Russia
Published: 05:25 PM, 16 October 2020
The UN arms embargo on Iran is nearing completion, however, the United States continue to try to maintain sanctions on the country.
In this regard, Russia says that Moscow expects the United States to behave intellectually from October 18.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday said that restrictions on weapons supplies to Iran were not linked with the settlement of the situation around Iran’s nuclear program.
Maria Zakharova said, " We are convinced that all possibilities stemming from the expiration of the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 that are linked with military technical cooperation with Iran will be duly taken into account and used on the basis of mutual benefit and in the interests of the peoples of our two states."
"As you know, the United Nations Security Council did not impose a weapons embargo on Iran in 2015. Tehran voluntarily undertook a number of restrictions. It was done in the interests of the soonest successful outcome of the talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to settle the situation around the Iranian nuclear program. And all the parties knew from the very beginning that these restrictions had nothing to do with the settlement of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program. Moreover, the term of the corresponding provisions has expired," she said.
China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations says the US government unilaterally withdrew from Iran's nuclear deal in May 2018 in violation of Security Council Resolution 2231. Therefore, they have no right to maintain arms embargo on Iran.
Russian Foreign Ministry also said Washington had no right to use UN Security Council Resolution 2231 to renew its arms embargo on Iran.
The ban on arms exports to Iran under the nuclear deal expires on October 18, 2020.