UN Security Council rejects US demand to extend Iran arms embargo

By Euronews with AP |

In this photo released Tuesday, July 28, 2020, by Sepahnews, a Revolutionary Guard’s speed boat fires a missile during a military exercise. – Copyright Sepahnews via AP

The UN Security Council rejected a US resolution to extend an international arms embargo on Iran.

Only the Dominican Republic supported the Trump administration resolution out of the 15 members on the Security Council. Russia and China opposed the resolution and eleven other nations abstained.

The resolution would have prevented Tehran’s buying and selling of conventional weapons indefinitely.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Israel and the six Arab Gulf nations who supported the extension “know Iran will spread even greater chaos and destruction if the embargo expires, but the Security Council chose to ignore them.”

“The United States will never abandon our friends in the region who expected more from the Security Council,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“We will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic terror regime does not have the freedom to purchase and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and beyond.”

A spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry said the US should “stop shaming itself at UN, otherwise it will get isolated, even more than now.”

US Ambassador Kelly Craft said “the United States stands sickened — but not surprised — as the clear majority of council members gave the green light to Iran to buy and sell all manner of conventional weapons.”

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