Jul 13, 2020 14:32 UTC
  • Russian envoy: US seeks to extend Iran arms embargo while selling weapons to region

A senior Russian diplomat has taken the United States to task for making increasing efforts to extend an arms embargo on Iran while it is itself selling huge amounts of weapons to countries in West Asia, thus destabilizing the region.

"The #US attempts to make arms #embargo against #Iran indefinite and comprehensive look extremely questionable in the light of US enormous arms supplies to the region," Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in a tweet on Monday.

According to Press TV, the remarks come amid US efforts to exert pressure on the United Nations Security Council to extend the arms embargo against Iran as part of Washington’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran in violation of the 2015 international nuclear deal -- officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the accord.

Under the JCPOA, the restrictions imposed on Iran's purchase and sale of arms should be lifted in October.

In his tweet, Ulyanov held Washington liable for pursuing policies that are in fact leading to "destabilization of the situation in West Asia."

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi warned on Saturday that the country will take "effective measures" if European countries cave in to the US pressure aimed at extending the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

"We have warned the European countries that if they give in to the US political and diplomatic pressures and trigger the restrictions, Iran has envisaged effective measures [to take in kind], but we hope that things would not end up like that," the Iranian spokesperson said.

France, Britain and Germany -- the three European signatories to the JCPOA – have argued against the lifting of the arms embargo against Tehran, resonating the US claims.

Tehran, however, has firmly rejected Washington’s plans, arguing the US is no longer a party to the nuclear deal ever since it withdrew from the multilateral agreement in 2018.

China and Russia, which are both signatories to the JCPOA, have echoed Tehran’s position.