Iran Prepared to Sell Weapons After October 18 UN Arms Embargo Expiration, IRGC Commander Says

Last month, the UN Security Council rejected a draft resolution submitted by the administration of US President Donald Trump to indefinitely extend the UN arms embargo against Tehran, which expires on 18 October.

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, has signaled Tehran’s readiness to start selling its weapons, after the termination of a UN arms embargo against the Islamic republic.

According to the military chief, the expiration of the UN arms embargo in October indicates a political victory for Iran, particularly as it will allow Tehran to deal in arms exports.

The remarks come after Defence Minister Amir Hatami said earlier this month that Iran remains among a handful of countries which are able to domestically manufacture over 90 percent of its military equipment.

This followed the UN Security Council (UNSC) voting “no” on a draft resolution introduced by the Trump administration to indefinitely prolong the weapons embargo against Tehran that was envisioned by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ahead of the embargo’s 18 October expiration.

The council underlined that the resolution did not receive the required support to be adopted, as it was endorsed only by the US and the Dominican Republic, and rejected by Russia and China, with 11 other UNSC members abstaining.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the UNSC move, pledging that the Trump administration would continue to…

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