Saudis, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo

EU must accept consequences of backing Iran arms embargo extension

The five-year ban on selling conventional arms to Iran was established in conjunction with the nuclear agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

"Iran seeks to provide weapons to terrorist organisations". Hook is now in the Middle East to discuss the embargo, and met with senior officials in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

The United States last week formally asked the council to extend the embargo, which is set to be progressively eased beginning in October under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. It is not clear if either the US or Russian Federation and China would support such a proposal.

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Majid Ravanchi said last Thursday that he believes the USA resolution to extend the arms embargo against his country will be defeated and warned it would be "a very, very big mistake" if Washington then tries to re-impose U.N. sanctions.

"We firmly believe that any unilateral attempt to trigger U.N. sanctions snapback would have serious adverse consequences in the U.N. Security Council", Britain, France, and Germany declared in a June 19 joint statement.

Hook countered in a conference call that "nobody can argue that Iran's behaviour since 2015 merits a lifting of the arms embargo".

Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying Iran had requested a "red notice" be put out for Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting the location and arrest of the named individual. The worldwide law enforcement agency rejected Iran's request for an arrest warrant, stating that it can not "undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".

The US killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard's expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January strike near Baghdad International Airport. However, it remains unclear whether Washington has the authority to instate snapback sanctions given the Donald Trump administration's 2018 withdrawal from the accord.

United States officials say Iran is working to obtain nuclear-capable missiles, a claim Iran denies.

Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, dismissed the announcement during a news conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

"This has nothing to do with national security, global peace, or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is", Hook said.

Saudi and US officials on Monday urged the global community to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, warning that letting the ban expire would allow Tehran to further arm its proxies and destabilize the region.



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