Iran says that UN weapons on Tehran have been withdrawn. The Express Tribune
Iran said a long-term United Nations ban on arms sales from the Islamic Republic ended on Sunday in line with the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, from which Washington has withdrawn.
Tehran, which can now buy weapons from Russia, China and elsewhere, has accepted the development as a diplomatic victory over its arch-enemy United States, which tried to maintain uncertainty over arms sales.
“To date, all restrictions on arms transfers, related activities and financial services from the Islamic Republic of Iran have been automatically eliminated,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ban on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran began on Sunday, October 18, due to a gradual expiration under a UN resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
“To date, the Islamic Republic can procure any necessary weapons and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions, and solely on the basis of its defensive needs,” the ministry said in a statement sent on Twitter.
It stressed that under the terms of the deal, the United States, along with China, Britain, France, Germany and Russia struck, “designed to lift arms restrictions and the travel ban automatically with no other action required” went.”
US President Donald Trump lifted his country from the nuclear deal in 2018 and has begun re-imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran.
But Washington suffered a setback in August when it failed to expand arms exchanges after failing to garner support from the UN Security Council.
It was “an important day for the international community,” the Iranian ministry said on Sunday, linking the world with Tehran in a “disregard of US government efforts”.
But it emphasized that “there is no place in Iran’s defense doctrine for the purchase of unconventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons”.
Despite pulling out of the nuclear deal, the Trump administration says it is still a “partner” and may therefore pursue sanctions again.
Washington has said that Iran has decided to unilaterally reinstate all UN sanctions.
But the US legal argument has been almost completely rejected by the UN Security Council, along with European allies of the United Nations, stating that the priority is to salvage a peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran urged the US to “abandon its destructive approach V-a-vis Resolution 2231”, saying it “violated” the resolution “explicitly rejected several times in the last three months by the Security Council” American efforts were made for.
The statement said that in terms of measures amounting to a “material violation of the resolution and objectives” of the agreement, Iran “reserves the right to take any necessary retaliation to secure its national interests”.
Moscow said in September that it was ready to boost its military cooperation with Tehran, while Beijing also stated its willingness to sell arms to Iran after 18 October.
Washington said it would try to prevent Iran from buying Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif said in a tweet that the international community had “protected” the nuclear deal and on Sunday marked “normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world”.
An important day for the international community, which — in defiance of America’s rude efforts — protects UNSC Res. 2231 and JCPOA.
Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a victory for multilateralism and peace and security in our region. pic.twitter.com/sRO6ezu4OO
– Javed Zarif (@jazriff) October 17, 2020