(Paris) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammered on Tuesday that the US would prevent Iran from acquiring Russian and Chinese weapons as an international arms embargo on Tehran expires on October 18.
Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 7:15 am
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“So far, nothing has been done to extend this embargo and that is why the United States has taken its responsibility,” he said on Radio France Inter, referring to differences of opinion between Americans and Europeans on the issue. Object.
“We will act to prevent Iran from acquiring Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems and then selling weapons to Hezbollah, thereby destroying the efforts of President (French Emmanuel) Macron in Lebanon.” he added.
The United States withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018, reinstating heavy sanctions against Iran, which it accuses of expansionism in the Middle East through local relays like the powerful Hezbollah Shiite militia in Lebanon.
You officially activated a controversial process – known as snapback – at the United Nations on August 21 to demand the restoration of international sanctions against Iran, including the extension of the arms embargo.
Therefore, from September 20, the end of the one month period set by the procedure, they should confirm that these sanctions are again in force.
However, they are met with categorical opposition from their European allies – France, Germany, Britain – and the other great powers China and Russia, who are co-signers of the 2015 agreement designed to prevent Iran from acquiring the weapon. Atom in exchange for lifting the sanctions that are strangling its economy.
An overwhelming majority of members of the Security Council (13 out of 15), including the co-signatory countries, opposed the validity of the United States’ procedure in August.
According to these countries, Washington, which has not been part of the Iranian nuclear deal since 2018, has no legal basis to trigger a return of international sanctions to the United Nations via this pact.
“The snapback has no political legitimacy or legal validity,” emphasizes a European diplomatic source. “It has to be clear that the sanctions will not be reinstated,” she said as September 20 approaches.
While many Washington allies are concerned about the resurgence of Iranian uranium enrichment activities in response to U.S. sanctions, many condemn the ulterior motives of Donald Trump, who wanted to publish results on the issue a few weeks before the November 3 presidential election.