Monday, October 26

For Iran, the UN arms embargo is lifted


Iran said on Sunday (October 18th) that the ban on, among other things, the sale of weapons and heavy military equipment to Tehran has now expired under the terms of the Iranian international nuclear agreement and Council resolution 2231. security.

“From today, all restrictions on transfers of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, (…) are all automatically lifted”Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Under the terms of the Iranian international nuclear agreement, this embargo prohibiting the sale of weapons and heavy military equipment to Iran was supposed to expire on October 18. “The Islamic Republic of Iran can therefore obtain the necessary weapons and equipment from any source without any legal restriction and only on the basis of its defensive needs”, adds the text published by the ministry.

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Tehran can also export arms

Moscow confirmed in September its willingness to develop military cooperation with Tehran once the embargo was lifted, and China is not hiding its intention to sell arms to Iran after October 18 either. According to the ministry statement, the Islamic Republic “Can also export defensive armaments on the basis of its own policies”.

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In August, the United States failed in an attempt to push the Security Council to extend the embargo and restore international sanctions against Iran lifted under the pact. In May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal concluded in 2015 in Vienna.

Mr. Trump argues – against the other states parties to this agreement with Iran (Germany, China, France, Great Britain and Russia) – that this text does not offer sufficient guarantees to prevent Tehran from acquiring the bomb atomic. Iran has always denied wanting such a weapon.

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The World with AFP


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