The United States will seek an extension to the arms embargo against Iran
The United States will seek an extension to the arms embargo against Iran, even if this initiative does not receive the support of the UN Security Council, said Wednesday at a briefing by the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
"We intend to ensure that the embargo was extended, and we hope that this will be done through a UN security Council resolution, which was signed by all permanent members and a wider circle of members of the UN security Council. But if this does not happen, we will still do everything in our power to achieve this, and I think that our efforts will be crowned eventually with success," said U.S. Secretary of state.
He noted that today "almost all agree that the arms embargo should be extended". "Our European partners are also very concerned about what will happen if the arms embargo will end on 18 October this year," said Popeo.
"There is very good consensus for this purpose, there are different opinions about how to achieve it," added Pompeo. The Secretary of state refused to give the planned U.S. deadline of the resolution, noting that this may happen soon.
"Until that moment, until we're ready to the presentation of the resolution in the Security Council, we will not disclose the exact schedule of our plans, but we are not so far from this," said U.S. Secretary of state.
Iran and the six international negotiators in July 2015 reached agreement on the settlement of the longstanding problem of the Iranian atom. Months of negotiations concluded with the adoption of a joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD), which is completely removed from Iran's previously imposed economic and financial sanctions by the UN security Council, US and EU. The agreement in particular provided that the arms embargo would be withdrawn from Iran within five years, the supply of arms possible before, but only with the permission of the UN security Council. The deal in its original form lived for three years: in may 2018, the United States announced its unilateral withdrawal from her and the restoration of tougher sanctions against Tehran. However, because of the formal deal came only USA, the rest of the participants must comply with a condition on the abolition of the arms embargo.