Iran Ready to Start Arms Trade With Other Countries as UN Embargo Ends on 18 October

Despite last-moment attempts by the US to prevent the embargo from being lifted, the rest of the UN Security Council refused to extend it beyond the timeline set by the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran is ready to engage in arms trade with other countries as soon as the international embargo on it is lifted on 18 October, Iranian UN mission spokesman Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek. The representative said the country is prepared to both buy and sell military equipment and weapons, but did not elaborate, which countries is it planning on contacting first.

Miryousefi went on to comment on the US attempt to prevent the embargo on arms trade from ending on 18 October, saying that the motion to lift it on time enjoys overwhelming support at the UN Security Council. He added that Washington had ended up “isolated” as a result of its attempt to “further violate” the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal.

Last Ditch US Effort to Maintain Embargo

Washington has long opposed the lifting of the arms embargo on Iran. The measure prohibited the Islamic Republic from selling or buying weapons from other countries, which resulted in Tehran rapidly developing its domestic defence industry.

The US made its last attempt to maintain the embargo by trying to trigger the snapback sanctions mechanism of the JCPOA. The mechanism was introduced as a part of the nuclear deal in 2015 and was supposed to be used by a party to the deal to reinstate…

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