News ID: 280916
Published: 0336 GMT February 20, 2021

US says to ‘dissuade’ Iran arms trade after retracting Trump claim

US says to ‘dissuade’ Iran arms trade after retracting Trump claim
AFP
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds a news briefing at the State Department in Washington on February 17, 2021.

The US said it will continue to discourage countries from supplying arms to Iran on the same day Washington claimed to have retracted a botched decision by the former Trump administration to reimpose a UN arms embargo on Tehran.

Last year, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US had unilaterally reimposed a UN arms embargo on Iran after it expired in October, but 13 countries on the 15-member Security Council opposed it, arguing that the move was void, Press TV reported.

The Biden administration said Thursday it had rescinded former president Donald Trump’s claim to have restored UN sanctions on Iran, prompting Iranians to deride the move as a hollow gesture and urge the US to “effectively” lift sanctions.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, however, said, “There is no plan to take additional steps” before talks with Tehran about returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “Regardless of the UN’s Iran sanctions architecture, we will continue to use our authorities to dissuade countries from providing arms to Iran.”

“So there is certainly no change in our posture there at all,” he said on Friday.

Iranian officials have already stated that the administration of President Joe Biden has retained his predecessor’s “maximum pressure” policy against the Islamic Republic despite his overtures of being ready for “diplomatic conversation” with Tehran.

Biden told the Munich Security Conference on Friday that Washington was “prepared to reengage in negotiations” on Iran’s nuclear program.

His remarks came a day after the US announced a few piecemeal steps and announced willingness to meet with Iran to discuss a “diplomatic way forward.”

Besides announcing the former government’s so-called snapback of UN sanctions as “terminated,” the US lifted travel restrictions on Iranian envoys accredited to the United Nations.

 

 

 

   
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