Iran’s foreign ministry announced the automatic termination of the UN arms embargo against Iran

Tehran, October 18, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the 18th, announcing that the UN arms embargo against Iran will automatically terminate immediately. The statement said that it is clear in the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue that the termination of the arms embargo against Iraq is unconditional, and there is no need for a new agreement, no statement by the Security Council or any new measures. All restrictions on arms transfers and related activities and financial services into and out of Iran, as well as all prohibitions imposed on some Iranian citizens and military personnel on entry into or transit through UN Member States will automatically terminate, the statement said. According to its own defense needs, Iran can purchase any necessary weapons and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions, or export defensive weapons according to its own policies. The UN arms embargo on Iran can be traced back to the UN Security Council resolution 1747 adopted in March 2007. The resolution bans Iran’s export of weapons and calls on all countries to exercise vigilance and restraint in exporting heavy weapons to Iran. In July 2015, Iran and the six countries on the Iranian nuclear issue reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. The agreement, as well as the subsequent Security Council resolution 2231, states that the United Nations will maintain the arms embargo on Iraq until October 18, 2020, five years after the Iran nuclear agreement officially enters into force. Recently, the United States put forward a draft resolution on the extension of the arms embargo on Iraq in the Security Council and tried to start the “quick recovery of sanctions” mechanism in the Iran nuclear agreement to prevent the lifting of the arms embargo against Iraq, but all failed. On the 18th, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio reiterated in a statement that the so-called UN sanctions against Iraq have been “restored”, saying that the UN arms embargo against Iraq is still in force. He also said that supporters of trade in conventional weapons with Iran or providing technical training and funding for related weapons will be subject to U.S. sanctions.