Iranian Arms Embargo Ends Sunday

  • The official representative of the Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh pointed out that Iran provides 90% of the country's defense needs through its own production and does not depend on foreign countries.
  • The US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran and its economic partners.
  • The United States will impose sanctions against any individuals and entities that will participate in the supply of weapons to Iran.

As of Sunday, all restrictions on the transfer of weapons, related activities and financial services have been lifted. “Automatically cease to operate” and all bans on entry into the country, as well as on transit through the territories of UN member States, which were previously imposed against a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, said Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Saeed Khatibzadeh Iranian representative from the Foreign Ministry.

The arms embargo against Tehran ceases to be enforced  from October 18. Therefore, it means  Iran can sell and buy weapons according to the country’s Foreign Ministry.

At the same time, the official representative of the Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh pointed out that Iran provides 90% of the country’s defense needs through its own production and does not depend on foreign countries.

President Hassan Rouhani has previously noted that the lifting of the arms embargo is the result of the nuclear deal.

Iran and the “six” international negotiators reached an agreement in July 2015 to resolve the long-standing problem of the Iranian atom. The negotiations ended with the adoption of the Joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA).

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 together with the European Union.

The agreement, in particular, provides that the arms embargo will be lifted from Iran within five years. At the same time, arms deliveries were possible even before the expiration of this period, but only with the permission of the UN Security Council.

Michael Richard Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who, since April 2018, has been serving as 70th United States secretary of state. He is a former United States Army officer and was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018.

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security, recommending the admission of new UN members to the General Assembly, and approving any changes to the UN Charter.

In 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran and its economic partners. Washington stated its goal to bring Iranian oil exports to zero and called for its purchases to be abandoned.

In August of this year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo handed over a complaint to the UN security Council Chairman, which referred to Iran’s failure to implement the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), adopted in 2015.

Washington has announced its desire to launch a procedure for restoring UN sanctions against Tehran. The overwhelming majority of the security Council members opposed the American initiative.

However, The United States will impose sanctions against any individuals and entities that will participate in the supply of weapons to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after Tehran announced the end of the arms embargo against the country.

Nevertheless, the situation brings back the Cuban Missile Crisis scenario. It is highly likely, Russia will trade with Iran and US would push more sanctions against Russia. Hence, it could lead to further complications in the diplomatic relations betwixt two nations.

Overall this situation will continue to escalate.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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