US ready to sanction anyone who contributes to arms sales to Iran, Pompeo

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The United States is ready to introduce sanctions against any individual or organization that contributes to the supply, sale or transfer of conventional weapons to or from Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

Pompeo also said that such actions violate United Nations Security Council resolutions on the matter. This same Sunday (18), the arms embargo imposed on Iran through the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), the Iranian nuclear agreement, ends. The U.S., signatories to the JCPOA, abandoned the agreement unilaterally in 2018.

“On September 19, virtually all UN sanctions against Iran returned, including the re-imposition of the UN arms embargo. Consequently, the export of certain conventional weapons to Iran is a violation of the UN Security Council Resolution ( UNSCR) 1929 and the acquisition of any weapons or related material by Iran is a violation of UNSCR 1747. The United States is also prepared to use its domestic authorities to punish any individual or entity that contributes materially to the supply, sale or transfer of arms. conventional weapons to or from Iran, as well as those that provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these weapons, “Pompeo said in a statement published by the US State Department.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement earlier in the day stating that the country is no longer prevented from acquiring or selling weapons because the UN Security Council embargo period has ended.

“In one of the JCPOA innovations, the definitive and unconditional lifting of arms restrictions and travel bans does not require any new resolution, nor does it require any declaration or any other measure by the Security Council. The lifting of arms restrictions and the prohibition of trips were designed to be automatic, with no further action required. This was achieved after difficult negotiations and with anticipation of the possibility of a breach of obligations by one or more of the other parts of the JCPOA, “says the Iranian statement.

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In June 2015, a group of countries approved, in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), which regulates Iran’s nuclear program.

The JCPOA, the Iranian nuclear agreement, was signed in 2015 by France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, China, Russia and the European Union, with the aim of limiting the Iranian nuclear program and ensuring the peaceful nature of uranium enrichment in Iran. .

Despite international efforts and Washington’s initial commitment, the U.S. abandoned the deal under President Donald Trump, reinstating sanctions against Tehran and restarting an international crisis surrounding the Iranian nuclear program. The unilateral withdrawal was widely criticized by the other signatory countries.

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