Iran announces lifting of all restrictions on the supply and sale of arms across the country

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The government of Iran has announced that, starting today (18), all restrictions on the purchase and sale of arms across the country, as well as restrictions on related financial services, are automatically lifted.

In addition, all prohibitions previously imposed against Iranian citizens and military personnel regarding entry and transit into UN member countries are lifted, reports the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

“As of today (18), all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran and all prohibitions relating to entry or transit into the territories of UN member countries previously imposed to several Iranian citizens and military officers are automatically canceled, “adds the chancellery statement.

No special action by Tehran was necessary, as the embargo would be automatically lifted if the UN Security Council did not adopt any extension or additional measure.

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Tehran said that this gives authorities the freedom to undertake a new defense policy based solely on their own decisions.

“Therefore, as of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran can purchase any necessary weapons and equipment from any source, without any legal restrictions and solely based on its defensive needs, and can also export defensive weapons based on its own policies. “, it reads in the document.

In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany and the European Union (EU). The document demanded that Iran reduce its nuclear program and severely decrease its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the agreement was adopted.

In 2018, the United States abandoned its conciliatory position on Iran, withdrawing from the JCPOA and implementing hardline policies against Tehran.

Earlier this year, the United States tried to organize a campaign to restore international sanctions against Tehran, in particular to prolong the arms embargo, but all its proposals for a resolution at the UN were eventually rejected.

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