Oct 21, 2020 14:57 UTC
  • Iran: US attempts to impose unilateral sanctions doomed to failure

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said any attempts by the "sanctions-addicted" US to impose unilateral restrictions on Iran will fail as the move is in violation of international law.

"The sanctions-addicted United States is not far to once again compensate for some of its blatant failures in the [United Nations] Security Council and its inability to reimpose previous sanctions that ended following the nuclear agreement and UNSC Resolution 2231" that endorsed the deal, Khatibzadeh told Russia's Sputnik news agency in an interview published on Wednesday.

"It is clear that any US attempt to introduce its unilateral steps (sanctions) violates international law and is doomed to fail," the spokesman added.

The remarks came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed on Sunday that the United States was ready to unilaterally “sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services and other assistance related to these arms.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman elaborated on Tehran-Moscow ties and said Iran regards Russia as one of its main partners in the military and defense field, noting that the two countries can boost partnership as the UN arms embargo imposed on Tehran is now lifted.

"Over recent years, Russia has been one of Iran’s main partners in the defense and military fields. Now, with the lifting of arms restrictions, the two countries can enhance the prospects for military cooperation", Khatibzadeh said.

"Negotiations between Tehran and Moscow are ongoing within the framework of a joint commission for military cooperation. Partnership programmers between the two countries’ authorities are developed through it, including those related to regional and international issues," the spokesman added.

The official said that Tehran can obtain any kind of weapons and necessary equipment from "friendly countries" on the basis of its defense needs without legal restrictions.  

Tehran does not favor any US presidential candidate

Commenting on the upcoming US presidential election, Khatibzadeh said that Iran does not favor any American presidential candidate and sees the November 3 vote as an internal issue of the US.

"Tehran has repeatedly announced in regard with the outcome of the US presidential election that it does not prefer one candidate over another and considers this issue … an internal matter," he said.