Iran can purchase tanks and jets after expiry of United Nations arms embargo

Iran can purchase tanks and jets after expiry of United Nations arms embargo”

Six Gulf Arab nations that backed the extension of the arms embargo noted arms shipments to Yemen in their objection to the resumption of any weapon sales to Iran.

"As of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran will export or import weapons only on the basis of the principles of its defense policy and needs", he added.

The 2007 Security Council arms embargo on Iran was due to expire on Sunday, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that sought to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions relief.

The Islamic Republic will not, however, immediately begin a spending spree, according to a statement from he Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday. "We'll do the same thing with respect to the broader U.N. Security Council sanctions as well", he said. 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.

"Iran's defence doctrine is premised on strong reliance on its people and indigenous capabilities", it said.

When asked whether the United States would target Russian Federation and China with sanctions if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran, Pompeo said: "Absolutely".

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In late August, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said it would be a "good idea" to consider purchasing missiles from Iran after rival Colombia said Maduro was looking into this plan.

In practice, however, Iran's economy remains crippled by broad-reaching USA sanctions, and other nations may avoid arms deals with Tehran for fear of American financial retaliation.

Washington indicated that Tehran had returned to pre-2015 levels of uranium enrichment in violation of the accord, however, the United States itself withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and hence lost the right to trigger the mechanism, according to Iran's position. A year after Washington's left the JCPOA, Tehran said it was longer bound by its obligations since it no longer enjoys the right to freely trade with the rest of the world, given to it by the nuclear deal.

The embargo on the sale of conventional arms to Iran was due to begin expiring progressively from 18 October under terms of the United Nations resolution that confirmed the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended that arms sales to Iran would breach United Nations resolutions and still result in sanctions.

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