DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Iran said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons-buying spree as a United Nations standard arms embargo was set to end Sunday despite strong U.S. opposition.
“Iran’s defense doctrine is predicated on strong reliance on its individuals and indigenous abilities. … Non-traditional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a purchasing spree of traditional arms have no place in Iran’s defense teaching,” stated a Foreign Ministry declaration brought by state media.The 2007 Security Council arms embargo on Iran was set to end Sunday, as accepted under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that looked for to prevent Tehran from establishing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions relief.Tensions between Washington and Tehran have
soared since U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew from the deal, however.In August, the Trump administration set off a process focused on bring back all U.N. sanctions, after the U.N. Security Council turned down a U.S. bid to extend the conventional arms embargo on the nation.”Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the reason for multilateralism and peace and security in our region,”Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.Days after setting off the procedure, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alerted Russia and China not to ignore the reimposition of all U.N. sanctions on
Iran that Washington has demanded.When asked whether the United States would target Russia and China with sanctions if they decline to reimpose the U.N. steps on Iran, Pompeo said:”Absolutely.””We have currently done that, where we have seen any country breach … the existing American sanctions, we’ve held every country liable for that. We’ll do the same thing with respect to the broader U.N. Security Council sanctions also, “he said.Iran has actually established a large domestic arms industry in the face of global sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing lots of weapons.Western military analysts say Iran frequently overemphasizes its weapons abilities, although concerns about its long-range
ballistic missile program added to Washington leaving the Iran nuclear offer.