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Published: 0624 GMT July 13, 2020

US scholar: Russia, China will surely veto US bid to extend Iran arms embargo

US scholar: Russia, China will surely veto US bid to extend Iran arms embargo

A senior member of the US International Studies Association has said he believed Russia and China will use their authorities within the framework of the United Nations Security Council and veto any attempt by the US to revive an arms embargo against Iran which is to expire in October based on UN Resolution 2231.

Russia and China certainly can “and will, within the bound of the UN Security Council” veto any bid to extend arms embargo against Iran,  Michael J. Butler, a member of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association-Northeast, recently has told Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) exclusively.

He said that the US president is determined to ruin every achievement made by the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama, especially the historic 2015 nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“President [Donald] Trump himself is fixated on undoing the JCPOA because it was a signature foreign policy accomplishment of the Obama Administration,” Butler said adding that he believes Trump’s rival in the next election Joe Biden will be willing to restore the nuclear agreement which was signed between Iran and 5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and China).

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

However, in May 2018, the President Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the JCPOA and later reimposed sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran and began unleashing the “toughest ever” fresh sanctions.

"Certainly Joe Biden’s Administration would be amenable to restoring the JCPOA," Butler anticipated.

Latest national polls in America showed that Biden is leading Trump as the US approaches its next presidential elections slated for November 3.

“Regarding the election; certainly the polls indicate that Trump is in trouble,” Butler said, however he referred to “other indicators” that can influence the outcome of the election “including mounting challenges from some Republicans as well as former (and rather hardline) members of his Administration on national security matters.”

The professor concluded by saying the outcome of the election “seems very murky” to him.

Resource: ILNA
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