WASHINGTON, (BM) – Washington is ready to take any measures to prevent Tehran from acquiring Russian or Chinese armored vehicles after the end of the arms embargo.
This was announced on Thursday by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in an interview with journalist Lars Larson, a transcript was published by the press service of the US Foreign Ministry, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Speaking about the Iranian authorities, Pompeo noted that the administration of US President Donald Trump, “when October of this year comes, will do everything possible to make sure that they can not buy tanks and armored vehicles from Russia or China.”
Regarding the prospects for Iran to acquire arms after the expiration of the embargo, the US Secretary of State added: “The positive point is that the UN Security Council (SB) resolution gives us the opportunity to make sure that this does not happen. And we work with our Chinese, Russian, and British “by the French partners in the Security Council and even more broadly throughout the UN to make sure that they all agree to prevent this from October 18 this year.”
At the same time the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter page that the United States is seeking an extension of the arms embargo for Iran, while they themselves export arms around the world.
“US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is obviously so concerned about Iran that it is spreading weapons around the world,” he said. The minister also added that Iran “was a major importer of American weapons until 1979.”
According to Zarif, “The United States has long been a leader in the world in military spending, arms sales, and the main instigator of military conflicts.”
The New York Times reported on April 26 that the US intends to try to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution providing for the preservation of the arms embargo against Tehran based on the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. On March 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a comment in which it was not worth talking about extending the arms embargo in the UN Security Council.
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