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The US Will Continue To Try To Extend The Arms Embargo Against Iran

The US Will Continue To Try To Extend The Arms Embargo Against Iran

In the coming days, the United States will resume efforts to extend the sanctions regime on arms sales to Iran, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said.

"In accordance with resolution 2231 (UN security Council) The United States has every right to initiate a review of the provisions of previous Security Council resolutions," the diplomat said in a statement after the American draft resolution on extending the arms embargo was not adopted at a meeting of the Security Council.

"In the coming days, the United States will fulfill its promise to stop at nothing to extend the arms embargo," Kraft said.

In turn, Iran's permanent representative to the UN, Majid Tah-Ravanchi, warned that Iran would "react harshly" to any return of the UN Security Council to sanctions against Tehran, noting that "our capabilities are not limited."

"The results of the vote in the Security Council once again demonstrated that the US is isolated. The signal of the security Council: there are no unilateral actions," he wrote in his Twitter.

Earlier, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo criticized the UN Security Council for voting on the American draft resolution on extending the arms embargo on Iran and said that the United States "will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic regime does not have the freedom to buy and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and the world as a whole."

The draft resolution submitted by the US to the UN Security Council for a vote on extending the embargo on arms sales to Iran did not get the necessary number of votes. The United States and the Dominican Republic were in favor of the project, while Russia and China were against it. Eleven member States abstained.

According to the American draft resolution, the UN Security Council would have the right to apply several provisions of resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015 and approving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem, regardless of their original duration, "until the Security Council decides otherwise."

According to resolution 2231, the arms embargo against Iran expires on October 18, 2020.

Russia stated that after this, the issue of the arms embargo against Iran would be closed for it. China takes the same position.