UN must hold Iran accountable and extend arms embargo – United States

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

New York – U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday told the UN that hold Iran accountable” by extending a soon-to-expire UN arms embargo on the country.

“Don’t just take me or the United States, listen to countries the , Israel, the Gulf, countries the are most exposed to Iran’s predations are speaking with a single voice: extend the arms embargo,” Pompeo said.

“This council has a to listen to them.”

He warned that if the council failed to act, Tehran would be free to buy Russian-made fighter jets, upgrade and expand its fleet submarines, purchase new technologies for its proxies and partners the , and become a rogue weapons dealer.

The embargo is to expire in October, as part UN Resolution 2231, in which the UN backed the Iran nuclear signed in Vienna in 2015.

The Vienna agreement was intended to enable Iran to have a civilian nuclear , while preventing nuclear weapons, in for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

The began to fray in 2018 as the administration withdrew the and reimposed sanctions. Iran then began violating many of the agreements made in 2015.

A draft resolution in the 15- council to extend the embargo would need nine in favour and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

Beijing’s ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun said China opposes the push to extend the restrictions.