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The United States threatens to sanction those who make arms deals with Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: EFE / EPA / ANTONIO BAT / File

WASHINGTON – The Secretary of the United States (USA), Mike Pompeo, threatened this Sunday with imposing sanctions on those who make arms deals with Iran, despite the expiration today of the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

“USA. 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, services or other assistance related to these weapons, “the US Foreign Minister warned in a statement.

“During the last ten years,” he added, “countries have avoided selling weapons to Iran under various UN measures. Any country that now defies this ban will be choosing very clearly to fuel conflict and tension over promoting peace and security. “

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif called this Sunday a “triumph for the cause of multilateralism” the end of the arms embargo against his country that the US tried to extend without success.

“A momentous day for the international community, which – in defiance of the evil efforts of the United States – has protected resolution 2231 and the JCPOA (nuclear agreement),” Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.

UN resolution 2231, which validated the 2015 nuclear agreement, stated the end of the embargo on October 18, 2020, but Washington advocated for its extension indefinitely, a proposal rejected on August 14 by 13 of the 15 members of the Security Council.

In September, Washington unilaterally declared all international sanctions against Iran restored, in addition to threatening UN members who opposed their re-imposition.

The US began proceedings before the UN in August to reinstate all international sanctions against Iran that were lifted with the 2015 nuclear deal (from which Washington withdrew in 2018), arguing that Tehran has breached its obligations.

However, the majority of the Security Council – including the rest of the powers with the right to veto – consider that the United States does not have the power to use this mechanism, since it abandoned the pact in 2018, so that the UN body does not has taken no action.

On October 8, the Trump government de facto closed Iran’s access to the global financial sector with the imposition of sanctions on 18 large banks in the Asian country, the few that remained without being the object of this type of measures.

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