UN arms embargoes on Iran lifted despite US objections
Published: 03:42 PM, 19 October 2020
The United Nations conventional arms embargo that imposed on the country 2007 expired on Sunday while Iran has announced that it is now free to purchase weapons on the basis of its defense needs.
"Today's normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.
Days after triggering the process, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China not to disregard the reimposition of all U.N. sanctions on Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flatly rejected the expiration.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Pompeo's response came after the UN arms embargo on Iran was lifted on Sunday.
The US Secretary of State also claimed that arms sales to Iran would increase tensions in the Middle East and leave dangerous weapons in the hands of "terrorist groups".
The UN arms embargo on Iran has been automatically lifted since Sunday. Although the United States recently tried to renew the ban at a UN Security Council meeting, most members of the Security Council opposed it.