Published: Sun, October 18, 2020

Iran: UN arms embargo on Tehran lifted

Iran: UN arms embargo on Tehran lifted

The warning came in response to a gleeful statement by Tehran declaring that the longstanding United Nations embargo on arms trade with the Islamic Republic has expired effective October 18 under the terms of the UN resolution that confirmed the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Iran will again be able to buy and sell arms such as armored vehicles, warplanes and heavy artillery.

"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". Tehran also may try to buy Russia's S-400 anti-aircraft missile system and its Bastian coastal defence missile system, the DIA said. 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 and keep all global sanctions against Iran, should the country violate its obligations under the accord.

Authorities have said Iran will be ready to sell arms when the embargo ends.

A month later, the USA unilaterally announced reinstating all United Nations sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal, a move which would automatically extend the arms embargo as well.

Miryousefi went on to comment on the USA 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.

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of worldwide sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

Iran has always been outmatched by USA -backed Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have purchased billions of dollars of advanced American weaponry.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned it will have a "decisive response" if the US tries to "bully" other nations into adhering to its reinstatement of sanctions. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the council he would not take any action on the USA declaration.

Rescue teams are seen on January 8 at the scene of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed shortly after takeoff near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Iran mistakenly shot down the plane. Tehran retaliated with a ballistic missile attack on USA forces in Iraq that injured dozens.

As Tehran celebrated, however, Washington argued that arms sales to Iran would still violate United Nations resolutions and threatened sanctions on anyone making such sales.

Timeline: Is the landmark Iran nuclear deal coming to an end? Biden has said he's willing to offer Iran "a credible path back to diplomacy" if Tehran returns to "strict compliance" with the deal.

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