Pompeo Called On The Un Security Council To Extend The Arms Embargo Against Iran Again
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo again appealed to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to extend the existing arms embargo against Iran. He posted the corresponding entry on his Twitter page on Saturday.
"The arms embargo against Iran - the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism-expires in six months. The UN Security Council should extend the embargo before Iran's violence escalates and they start a new arms race in the Middle East. Time is passing," he wrote.
"Over the past year, Iran has launched ballistic missiles at neighboring countries, mined and seized oil tankers, smuggled weapons into conflict zones, and shot down a civilian plane," the Secretary of state claimed. "We can't risk the fact that Iran has purchased more advanced weaponry and gave the arsenals of irresponsible actors," added Pompeo.
On July 20, 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2231 in support of the Joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) for the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program, which limited Tehran's nuclear development exclusively to civilian purposes. The resolution provides for a five-year arms embargo and a ban on the supply of ballistic missile technology to Iran for eight years.
The US authorities have repeatedly stated the need to extend the arms embargo on Iran.
Relations between the United States and Iran sharply deteriorated after Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the SFPD on May 8, 2018, and the restoration of the US economic sanctions regime against Tehran, including in the sphere of oil exports.
At the same time, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that he is ready to resume dialogue with the Iranian authorities. According to him, Washington is interested in replacing the JCPOA with another Treaty that would cover not only Iran's nuclear program but also a wide range of other issues, including Tehran's missile program and its regional policy.