Iran says United Nations arms embargo lifted, allowing it to buy weapons

  • Iran says United Nations arms embargo lifted, allowing it to buy weapons

Iran says United Nations arms embargo lifted, allowing it to buy weapons

On the termination of the United Nations arms embargo on Iran and Tehran's plans for free arms trade with the other countries, the ambassador said the USA made huge attempts to neutralize the UNSC resolution 2231 that lifts the embargo against Tehran, but remained isolated in its push.

In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the European Union, requiring Iran to scale back its nuclear program and severely downgrade its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the deal's adoption.

"Today's normalization of Iran's defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.

No special action was necessary from Iran's side as the embargo lifts automatically if no extension or additional measures are taken by the Security Council, the statement read.

Iran also said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons buying spree.

"Iran's defence doctrine is premised on strong reliance on its people and indigenous capabilities", it said.

Tehran has made strides in ramping up its local production of conventional weapons and defensive capabilities under the pressure of multilateral sanctions over the past decades.

Moscow said in September that it was ready to boost its military cooperation with Tehran, while Beijing has also spoken of its willingness to sell arms to Iran after October 18.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington soared after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, culminating in January when the US assassinated Iran's top general Qassim Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike.

However, Donald Trump's presidency in the U.S. has led to an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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After the Security Council rejected the Trump administration's attempt to expand the arms embargo on Iran in August this year, the USA unilaterally reinstated the United Nations sanctions that were lifted under the accord. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the council he would not take any action on the US declaration.

There is concern in Iran that softening relations between Gulf nations and the U.S. could unlock further sales.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said during a news conference in Tehran the arms embargo will end on October 18 despite US efforts to block it.

It insisted that under the terms of the deal, struck with the United States, China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union, "the lifting of arms restrictions and the travel ban were created to be automatic with no other action required".

The US had sought to keep the embargo in place amid concern that Tehran could now begin to build up its armed forces.