Iran’s UN arms embargo has expired after ten years which drew flak from the United States.
Iran’s UN arms embargo has expired after ten years which drew flak from the United States which called for its extension.
“As of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran may procure any necessary arms and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions and solely based on its defensive needs and may also export defensive armaments based on its own policies,” announced Iran’s foreign ministry.
The embargo was part of a 2015 nuclear deal that US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from in 2018.
The US expressed that it has rejected the expiration and defended that it re-imposed all UN sanctions against Iran, including the arms embargo, last month after activating a snapback mechanism under a UN resolution.
Despite the embargo expiration, Iran’s economy is still affected by multiple US sanctions, and other countries are still afraid of conducting arms deals with Tehran in fear of American financial retaliation.
“For the past 10 years, countries have refrained from selling weapons to Iran under various U.N. measures. Any country that now challenges this prohibition will be very clearly choosing to fuel conflict and tension over promoting peace and security” warned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Despite the US’s statements, Iran’s defense ministry said “unconventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a buying spree of conventional arms” had no place in their defense doctrine.