Iran reaches arms deal with Russia-China as sanctions lifted
Published: 03:52 PM, 20 October 2020 Updated: 03:53 PM, 20 October 2020
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that an agreement has been reached with Russia and China to buy arms since the end of the UN arms embargo on his country.
Mr Hatami made the remarks in an interview with Iranian IRINN News Channel while adding that Tehran is ready to sign military and security agreements with the Persian Gulf states.
Hatami said Tehran had reached an important agreement with Moscow on the expansion and development of Iran’s air force. The lifting of UN sanctions has created ample opportunity for his country to export arms and import arms from other countries.
He warned against launching an arms race in the Middle East, saying that if the arms race started in the region, the whole of the Middle East would become a pile of gunpowder. General Hatami said his country was also ready to sign military and security agreements with the Persian Gulf states.
Rejecting the accusations related to Russia's use of Iran's borders to transfer weapons to Armenia, the minister said: "We have never given our borders and lands to Russia to transfer weapons to Armenia."
Brigadier General Hatami added: "We expect Turkey, as an important and friendly country in the region, to help resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through diplomacy."
Brigadier General Amir Hatami has stated that Iran will not negotiate with the US over its missile system and that no one has the right to make such a request to Iran.
In a statement issued from Washington on Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms,”
Under the historic 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the UN Security Council’s ban on trade in conventional weapons against the Islamic Republic ended on Sunday.