Government spokesman Ali Rabiei hailed the lifting of the UN arms embargo on Iran as an “achievement,” saying it showed that the country adopted a “correct policy” when it chose to remain a party to the 2015 nuclear deal despite America’s pullout.
Speaking at a press briefing in Tehran on Tuesday, Rabiei said that the expiry of the longstanding ban was the result of Iran’s righteousness and its people’s resistance.
“Despite political opposition and pressure as well as the excessive demands of the United States, Israel and their regional allies, these restrictions have been lifted. This is a sign for both the international community and our dear people,” he added, according to Press TV.
The embargo, along with UN travel bans on a number of Iranian military commanders, was automatically expired on Sunday under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
President Donald Trump, who pulled the United States out of the JCPOA in May 2018, tried in vain to extend the ban indefinitely through a resolution at the Security Council in mid-August.
The US draft was supported only by the Dominican Republic, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption.
Rabiei noted that the termination of the arms embargo heralds the lifting of other oppressive sanctions against Iran in the fields of economy, finance and banking, and humanitarian goods.
“This achievement showed that we adopted the right policy despite Trump’s erroneous and warmongering decisions under the assumption that Iran would follow suit when US left the JCPOA,” he said.
“That correct policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on not leaving the JCPOA showed its result today, he said. “In addition to curbing the US government’s plan to isolate Iran and reinstate Security Council resolutions, it (the policy) will reveal its positive outcomes over time.”
In September, Washington suffered another embarrassing loss as it failed to trigger the so-called snapback provision in the JCPOA aimed at reimposing all UN sanctions against Iran.
The UN Security Council member states challenged the US rationale that it was still a participant state to the nuclear accord, citing its unilateral withdrawal in 2018.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the government spokesman stressed the peaceful nature of Iran’s defense doctrine.
“Iranians do not love weapons; they love peace, stability, coexistence and cooperation in the region aimed at sustainable development. Iranian weaponry serve as one of the essential components in the defense sector,” he said.
China lauded the expiration of the arms embargo and travel restrictions, saying the development should be “faithfully implemented.”
“On October 18, arms transfer restrictions & travel bans on Iran expire, marking the completion of the 1st phase of implementation of UNSCR 2231,” tweeted China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Vienna on Tuesday.
“This arrangement, clearly stipulated in the UNSC resolution, should be faithfully implemented,” it added.
The mission noted that Beijing stands committed to the nuclear deal and will work with all parties to continue maintaining the steady follow-up implementation of the JCPOA and Resolution 2231, in a joint endeavor to push forward the political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian described the lifting of the embargo as “an important moment in the implementation process of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear issue and Resolution 2231.”
Zhao noted that the development reflects the common position of the international community to uphold multilateralism and the authority of the UN Security Council, and to safeguard the existing achievements on the Iranian nuclear issue and the effectiveness of the JCPOA.