Britain faced fresh calls to end unrestricted arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the US published a CIA assessment which concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Oxfam has accused the British government of prolonging the war in Yemen by allowing the export of air-to-air refueling equipment that it fears could be used to help the Saudi Air Force conduct indiscriminate bombing in the country.
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.
Iran’s Defense Minister General Amir Hatami said a number of contracts have been concluded with some of the countries for arms exports while negotiations are underway with some others for purchasing of arms.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has hailed the lifting of the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic as the victory of the logic of law and truth over bullying, saying the US failed in its plots to deprive the Iranians of their right to free trade in defensive equipment.
China on Monday accused the United States of "peddling arms" and "interfering" in other countries' affairs after Washington threatened sanctions against any nation to sell weapons to Iran even after the end of a UN ban.