This will not settle the crisis with the United States in the Security Council. Iran said on Sunday that the UN arms embargo on Tehran has now expired, under the terms of the Iranian international nuclear deal and Security Council resolution 2231.
A momentous day for the international community, which— in defiance of malign US efforts—has protected UNSC Res. 2231 and JCPOA.
Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region. pic.twitter.com/sRO6ezu4OO
– Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 17, 2020
“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,” the ministry said. Iranian Foreign Minister. 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,” the ministry added.
Moscow and Beijing could sell weapons
It remains to be seen how the great powers will react. Moscow had indeed confirmed in September its desire to develop its cooperation in military matters with Tehran once the embargo was lifted. China is also making no secret of its intention to sell arms to Iran after October 18. In August, however, the United States failed in an attempt to push the Security Council to extend the embargo and restore the international sanctions lifted under the pact.
The Iranian ministry hailed Sunday “a memorable day for the international community”, adding that the world stood alongside Tehran “in defiance of the efforts of the American regime”. In May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal concluded in 2015 in Vienna.