Pompeo Pushes for Extension of Iran Embargo

  • Pompeo said that the United States has an explicit right to guarantee the maintenance of these arms sanctions against Iran without the consent of any other country.
  • Pompeo's press conference came a day after a UN Security Council meeting on Iran. 
  • Pompeo said that as long as Iran continues to threaten other countries and support terrorist activities, the international community will not be able to trust it.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 was a July 20th, 2015 resolution endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the nuclear program of Iran. It sets out an inspection process and schedule while also preparing for the removal of United Nations sanctions against Iran.

The Secretary of State said the goal of President Donald Trump’s administration was not to briefly extend sanctions on Iran but to “do everything in its power” to ensure that the arms embargo against Iran, which expires in October this year, is guaranteed.

According to Reuters, Pompeo said that the United States has an explicit right to guarantee the maintenance of these arms sanctions against Iran without the consent of any other country. He stated that his country considers this its right. Pompeo reiterated on Wednesday that if Iran’s arms embargo is lifted, the world will face more dangers and more people will be killed.

“Our objective is not to extend the arms embargo for another short period of time,” Pompeo told reporters in Washington. “That’s how we got into this mess. The arms embargo should be lifted when the Islamic Republic of Iran begins to behave in a way that is consistent with the ability to move arms around the world, to purchase – to act in a way that’s consistent with the way normal nations act.”

Pompeo reiterated the importance of arms embargoes on Iran, and made a brief video on the dangers of lifting arms embargoes against Iran.

Security Council meeting

Pompeo’s press conference came a day after a UN Security Council meeting on Iran. In a video conference on Tuesday, Pompeo also referred to the issue of “the dangers of not extending Iran’s arms embargo.”  He formally called on the Security Council to extend sanctions on Iran indefinitely, calling Iran the most shameful terrorist regime in the world.

In about four months (October 18 this year), the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 against Iran will expire. The United States has called for a draft resolution to the Council calling for continued sanctions against Iran. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, the sanctions were imposed for five years. The United States is now working to extend the sanctions indefinitely.

Tuesday’s Security Council meeting was a verbal confrontation between the foreign minister of Iran and the Secretary of State. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of economic terrorism.

Zarif called the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal a clear violation of the nuclear deal. He stressed that lifting the arms embargo was one of the main pillars of the nuclear deal, and extending the sanctions would mean the end of the deal.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany) together with the European Union.

During the virtual meeting, Zarif said, “the international community in general — and the UN Security Council in particular — are facing an important decision: Do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?”

“Distrust in Iran”

“If you think it’s just a matter of legal considerations or international problems and conflicts to find the right solution, keep in mind that if these sanctions are lifted against Iran,” Pompeo said Wednesday. “How will the situation be?” Pompeo said Iran was not even following current restrictions, and would continue to commit violations.

Pompeo said that as long as Iran continues to threaten other countries and support terrorist activities, the international community will not be able to trust it. European countries are expected to propose a new draft to the UN Security Council regarding the extension of Iran’s arms embargo.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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