News ID: 275680
Published: 0842 GMT October 18, 2020

AEOI official: Lifting UN arms embargo great moment for Iran’s diplomacy

AEOI official: Lifting UN arms embargo great moment for Iran’s diplomacy

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi on Sunday described the termination of UN arms embargo against Iran as a glorious moment for Iran's diplomacy.

He described lifting of a longstanding United Nations arms embargo on Iran on October 18 as a turning point for the country, IRNA reported.

Despite US opposition, the 13-year-old ban imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) came to an end as part of Resolution 2231 of the 2015 nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran... are all automatically terminated," Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday.

Kamalvandi said that the Iranian people's resistance ultimately bore fruit after five years since JCPOA was clinched and Iran's righteousness and diplomacy shone significantly after the world voted negatively to Trump's unilateralism and bullying.

The world knows that Iran has never sought non-peaceful use of nuclear energy, and that the so-called maximum US pressure, which is inhumane and vicious, especially on children, women and the sick, will result in the US further isolation and breakdown of its satanic hegemony, he said.

The United Nations banned Iran from buying major foreign weapon systems in 2010 amid tensions over its nuclear program. An earlier embargo targeted Iranian arms exports.

Moscow said in September that it was ready to boost its military cooperation with Tehran, while Beijing has also spoken of its willingness to sell arms to the Islamic Republic after October 18.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Russia and China with sanctions if they sell weapons to Iran.

Iran’s Ambassador in Russia Kazem Jalali said the country will use “with prudence” the opportunity that will be provided by the expiration of the decade-old embargo.

“Iran will definitely cooperate with interested countries in the technical-military field and in the procurement of equipment it needs,” Jalali told Interfax on Saturday.

“There will be no limitation for us and we will use this issue with prudence,” he added.

Resource: IRNA
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