November 24, 2020

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WW3: Iran BLASTS ‘unlawful and malign’ US as international arms embargo is LIFTED

The restrictions were lifted under the terms of a historic nuclear agreement referred to as the JCPOA, signed between a number of countries including the US, Britain, and Iran in 2015. The purpose of the agreement was for Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for an easing of international restrictions against the nation.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter the lifting of the embargo marked “a momentous day for the international community”.

He also hit out at “malign US efforts” to ensure the embargo remained in place.

Mr Zarif said: “Today’s normalisation of Iran’s defence cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region.”

A statement from Iran’s Foreign Ministry adds: “As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated.”

Despite the restrictions having been lifted, analysts have said a sudden buying spree by Iran is unlikely at the moment.

The US is maintaining sanctions on any country that trades with Iran, while the UK and the EU still have a separate arms embargo in place on the nation.

READ: Iran: Tehran short of ‘significant quantity’ of potential bomb material – IAEA

The US last month declared UN sanctions were re-imposed on Iran under the terms of the JCPOA, despite having left the JCPOA in 2018.

The previous month, 13 out of the 15 security council members opposed the US’ proposal to do this.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday insisted the US would continue to uphold security council embargoes against Iran.

Mr Pompeo warned: “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.

“For the past 10 years, countries have refrained from selling weapons to Iran under various UN measures.

“Any country that now challenges this prohibition will be very clearly choosing to fuel conflict and tension over promoting peace and security.”

It is thought Russia and China are the two most likely nations to begin offering weapons to Iran.

Meanwhile, an EU/UK arms embargo on Iran is due to expire in 2023 having been introduced in 2007.

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