Iran hits again at US sanctions menace after arms embargo expiry | Center East

Iran hits again at US sanctions menace after arms embargo expiry | Center East

Iran says it should promote weapons to nations that ‘received’t misuse them’ and can make use of them strictly for defence goal.

Tehran, Iran – Tehran has hit again at a US menace of sanctions on anybody trying to make offers with Iran after the arms embargo on its navy expired, saying Washington’s threats present the futility of US motion and rhetoric on sanctions.

After a long-standing standard arms embargo on Iran ended on Sunday regardless of Washington’s opposition, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of penalties for any people or entities that conduct arms offers with Iran.

“Pompeo’s remarks are a very powerful signal that not even he believes unilateral US sanctions have been profitable, and no [UN sanctions] have been reinstated,” spokesman of Iran’s Overseas Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh stated on Monday.

“Iran continues to imagine it may function inside the framework of worldwide agreements. What they concern is Iran’s return to the huge market of know-how and arms exports,” Khatibzadeh stated, including that Iran produces 90 p.c of its defence wants domestically and can largely look to export arms fairly than import them.

In an interview with state tv on Sunday evening, Iran’s defence minister Amir Hatami stated Iran would solely promote weapons to nations that it’s positive “received’t misuse them” and can make use of them strictly for defence functions.

“Not like the People, we wouldn’t do nearly every little thing for cash,” he stated, mentioning that the US sells billions of {dollars} of arms to Arab nations within the Center East that gasoline wars.

Iran’s overseas ministry stated “unconventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a shopping for spree of standard arms haven’t any place” within the nation’s defence doctrine.

The US tried to cease the lifting of the arms embargo on Iran twice on the UN Safety Council.

In August, it launched a decision to indefinitely prolong the embargo whereas in September it claimed it unilaterally reinstated UN sanctions on Iran, together with the arms embargo.

On each events, the UNSC rejected the strikes, saying they haven’t any authorized foundation.

The 13-year ban got here to an finish as a part of Decision 2231 of the Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA), an accord signed in 2015 that gave Iran sanctions reduction in alternate for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The US unilaterally withdrew from the deal in Could 2018 and has since blacklisted the complete Iranian monetary sector.

The expiry of the embargo means Iran will face no challenges by the UNSC in attempting to purchase or promote standard weapons, which embrace tanks, missiles and fighter jets amongst others.

A European ban on arms offers with Iran, separate from the UN arms embargo, will stay in place till 2023.

“For the previous 10 years, nations have kept away from promoting weapons to Iran below varied UN measures. Any nation that now challenges this prohibition will likely be very clearly selecting to gasoline battle and stress over selling peace and safety,” Pompeo, who had led efforts to dam the lifting of the embargo on the UN, stated in a press release on Sunday.

“Any nation that sells weapons to Iran is impoverishing the Iranian folks by enabling the regime’s diversion of funds away from the folks and towards the regime’s navy goals.”

In attempting to cease the lifting of the arms embargo, Pompeo had warned that Russia, China and others may rush to promote superior weapons to Tehran.

On Sunday, Israel Defence Minister Benny Gantz additionally vowed to take “no matter measures essential” to stop Iran from buying weapons.

 

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