News ID: 275816
Published: 0355 GMT October 21, 2020

Iran says US attempts to impose sanctions doomed to fail

Iran says US attempts to impose sanctions doomed to fail

Any US attempt to impose unilateral restrictions on Iran would breach the international law and be bound to fail, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

"The sanctions-addicted United States is not far to once again compensate for some of its blatant failures in the [United Nations] Security Council and its inability to reimpose previous sanctions that ended following the nuclear agreement and the UNSC 2231 Resolution", Khatibzadeh  said in an interview with Sputnik.

"It is clear that any US attempt to introduce its unilateral steps [sanctions] violates international law and is doomed to fail", the spokesman said.

The statement comes after the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that all restrictions on the transfer of arms to Iran ended. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by saying that the United States was ready to sanction any individual or entity that supplies conventional arms to Iran.


Ties with Russia


Khatibzadeh further elaborated that Iran considers Russia as one of its main partners in the military and defense field, noting that the two countries can boost partnership as the UN arms embargo is now lifted.

"Over recent years, Russia has been one of Iran’s main partners in the defense and military fields. Now, with the lifting of arms restrictions, the two countries can enhance the prospects for military cooperation", Khatibzadeh said.

"Negotiations between Tehran and Moscow are ongoing within the framework of a joint commission for military cooperation. Partnership programs between the two countries’ authorities are developed through it, including those related to regional and international issues", the spokesman added.

Any arms purchase from "friendly countries" will depend on the basic needs of Iran, the spokesman said, emphasizing that Tehran can obtain any kind of weapons and necessary equipment – "from any source" – without legal restrictions and only on the basis of its defense needs.


US presidential elections


Referring to upcoming US presidential elections, Khatibzadeh said Iran does not favor any US candidate and sees the vote as an internal matter for Washington.

"Tehran has repeatedly announced in regard with the outcome of the US presidential election that it does not prefer one candidate over another and considers this issue as an internal matter", Khatibzadeh said.

US voters will cast their ballots on November 3 to choose between US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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