US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reminded potential partners of the Persian regime that arms sales to Iran violate UN resolutions and would result in sanctions. Pompeo made this clarification after Tehran said that the old UN embargo on the arms trade with the Islamic republic had expired.
“The United States is prepared to use its internal authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran. “Pompeo said in a statement. “Any country that seeks peace and stability in the Middle East and supports the fight against terrorism must refrain from carrying out any arms transactions with Iran,” he warned.
Pompeo’s remarks come after the United States tried unsuccessfully to extend the international embargo. On August 14, 13 of the 15 members of the Security Council rejected the proposal that the sanctions be extended indefinitely. However, the US maintains the pressure and today’s warning is a clear message.
Tehran, which could now technically buy weapons – especially from its allies Russia and China – has hailed the expiration as a diplomatic victory over the US, which had tried to maintain an indefinite freeze on arms sales.
President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018 and has begun to unilaterally reimpose sanctions against Iran.
Pompeo said that “for the past 10 years, countries have refrained from selling weapons to Iran under various United Nations measures.” Any country that now defies this ban will very clearly be choosing to fuel conflict and tension rather than promote peace and security. “.
RUSSIA AND CHINA ON RADAR
“Iran can meet its strategic needs through the countries with which it interacts, such as Russia and China; although it is self-sufficient in many cases and it is an exporter (of arms) in itself, ”Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif said last month.
The head of diplomacy stressed that Iran is not going to go to the European market because since 1979 it has never been a customer: “We are not going to force them to sell us weapons now since we do not need their weapons,” he said.
Moscow has already been open to considering military technical cooperation with Iran after the end of the embargo, but has not specified possible agreements given the uncertain situation that arises.
The analyst and professor of International Law at the University of Tehran Yusef Molaí explained to Efe that Iran “does not urgently need to carry out any arms trade” and is aware that the US will intervene in any eventual transaction.
In his view, the main European producers, such as France and the United Kingdom, “will not oppose the US” and Russia will weigh its interests: “In my opinion, there is no special program to buy arms from Russia in the short term although there may be some limited cooperation,” he added.