US pledges to obtain an extension of the arms embargo on Iran

U.S. will make every effort to secure an extension of arms supplies to Iran. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this on April 29.

“This ban will expire in a few months, and I think the world understands that this is a mistake. We are working with each of our partners to ensure that every possible step is taken. We’re working with the UN Security Council to extend this arms embargo.”

He stressed that Washington was considering any possibility to obtain an extension of the embargo.

On January 23, the United States expanded the list of sanctions against Iran. The new restrictions affected two Iranian and Chinese citizens, as well as six companies from the UAE and China.

On January 20, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that if European countries refer the case of alleged violation of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCAP) by Tehran to the UN Security Council, Iran will withdraw from the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

JCAP was signed by Iran, USA, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany in 2015. It implies the lifting of sanctions against Tehran in exchange for the termination of nuclear development. In 2018, the US withdrew from the treaty, reinstated a number of sanctions against Iran and introduced new restrictions.