US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that arms sales to Iran would violate UN resolutions and lead to sanctions, after Tehran said the UN embargo on trade in arms with the Islamic Republic had expired.
“The United States stands ready to use its national authorities to sanction any person or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran,” Pompeo said in a statement.
“Any nation that seeks peace and stability in the Middle East and supports the fight against terrorism should refrain from any arms deal with Iran.”
The embargo on the sale of conventional arms to Iran was to begin to expire gradually from October 18 under the UN resolution confirming the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Tehran, which could now buy arms from Russia, China and elsewhere, hailed the expiration as a diplomatic victory over its nemesis, the United States, which had tried to maintain an indefinite freeze on arms sales .
US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018 and unilaterally began to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
Pompeo said that “for the past 10 years, countries have refrained from selling arms to Iran under various UN measures. Any country that now challenges this ban will very clearly choose to fuel the conflict. and tensions to promote peace and security “.
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