Pompeo: The US Does Not Agree To A Short-Term Arms Embargo Against Tehran
The United States does not agree with the proposal to impose a short-term arms embargo on Iran within the framework of the UN Security Council, according to Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, answering questions from reporters at the State Department.
"First of all, our goal is not to limit the arms embargo for a short period. This is how we came to the current mess [in the situation with Iran]," the head of American diplomacy believes. According to him, the arms embargo should be lifted when Iran begins to "behave like a normal country" in the matter of buying weapons. "This issue is not related to deadlines, but to the fulfillment of conditions," the head of the American foreign Ministry explained. - Our goal is to lift the arms embargo after certain conditions are met. To cancel it when a certain deadline comes is to fall into the same trap as the previous administration of [44th President Barack Obama]."
Pompeo noted that "I would be ready to do it tomorrow," but Iran did not meet several conditions. He explained that lifting the embargo "is not appropriate until the world can be sure" that Iran "will not use weapons systems or money coming from the sale of weapons systems for malicious purposes."
On July 20, 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2231 in support of the Joint Сomprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the Iranian nuclear program, which restricted Tehran's nuclear development to exclusively civilian purposes. In particular, the resolution provides for a five-year continuation of the arms embargo against Iran. On May 8, 2018, the US withdrew from the JCPOA and reinstated economic sanctions against Tehran, including in the sphere of oil exports.
According to Pompeo, the US allegedly has the right to unilaterally impose UN Security Council sanctions related to the arms embargo, despite withdrawing from the JCPOA.
The Secretary of state also commented on the adoption in June by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the resolution "Europe's Triple" (UK, France, Germany) demanding that Iran provide access to two sites where the Agency suspects possible storage of undeclared nuclear material. "Iran continues to deny access to the IAEA. This has nothing to do with the JCPOA. This is related to the NPT (the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons), " Pompeo said. He recalled that Iran had agreed to comply with the NPT.
"We hope that the world will see that this is a risk to the entire non-proliferation regime. < ... > we hope that Iran will change its mind," the Secretary of state concluded.
Earlier, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, called on the IAEA and Iran to resolve this problem, which may be aggravated by the resolution. The Chinese permanent mission to international organizations in Vienna warned of major consequences for the future of the JCPOA. Iran's permanent representative, Kazem Garib Abadi, rejected the resolution and warned of retaliatory actions.
As explained by the Iranian Ambassador, the topic of the two objects refers to the assumptions of 17 years ago and was closed at the MEETING of the IAEA in 2015. During technical briefings, it was also pointed out that these objects are a farm and a desert.