May 13, 2020, 12:01 PM
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Russia envoy critical of US attempt to extend Iran’s arms embargo

New York, May 13, IRNA – Russian Ambassador to UN Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya challenged the legal grounds for the US attempt to extend Iran’s arms embargo in contrast with stipulations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Limitations were temporary, he said adding that they were no prohibition for Iran’s arms sales but let Iran do arms imports and exports on the consent of the UN Security Council.

Referring to US’ withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA, he said if you want to take advantage of JCPOA tools, you should be a party to it.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently claimed that the US is still a participant to the UNSC Resolution 2231 and can request an extension of Iran’s arms embargo based on the Article 11 of the Resolution.

With its unilateral exit from Iran nuclear deal two years ago, the United States violated its commitments under the 2015 multilateral accord and a subsequent UNSC Resolution 2231 as well.

Russia, China, as two other signatories to Iran nuclear deal, as well as some European countries and Iran have made clear that the US claim is a misconception of the Resolution. They reiterated that Washington is no longer a party to Iran nuclear deal as it has unilaterally withdrawn from the accord.

Earlier, Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov in a message said that delivery of tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery systems, aircraft, helicopters, ships and missiles to Iran has not been prohibited but should be done with the consent of the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message said Iran nuclear deal is part of UNSCR 2231 and advised US secretary of state to read the resolution.

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