WASHINGTON, (BM) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday urged to international community to step up pressure on Iran, warning that time was running out before a UN arms embargo on Tehran expires, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting The Times of Israel.
“We urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilizing behavior,” Pompeo wrote in a Twitter post featuring a clock counting down to zero.
The clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends. We urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilizing behavior. https://t.co/oxsXNiJ4Q3 pic.twitter.com/o4HpES3GKs— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 12, 2019
His tweet linked a State Department memo listing international sanctions that would expire in coming months.
”For example, the head of the brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, will be allowed to travel on October 18, 2020. Soon after, the Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone, including terrorist proxies, and countries like Russia and China will be able to sell the Iranian regime tanks, missiles, and air defense equipment,” the memo said.
“This could start a new arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize the region and the world,” it warned. “The international community must stand together against the Iranian regime’s support for terror. Time is ticking.”
Last week Iran’s president reiterated that if Washington wants to open negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all sanctions against his country “before everything else.”
Iranian state TV said President Hassan Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Rouhani also reiterated that America’s sanctions on his country are an act of “economic terrorism,” the report said.
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Source: The Times of Israel