The international arms embargo against Iran came to an end on Sunday, underscoring the drawbacks of the 2015 nuclear deal and the UN’s failure on collective security. It also raises a question for Joe Biden: How will he involve Iran when he vows to return to the deal?
A 2007 United Nations avatar prevented Tehran from purchasing fighter aircraft, tanks and other advanced weapons. Ending the embargo in 2020 was one of several concessions for Iran that the Obama-Biden administration made to get the deal.
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This summer the US called for an extension to the UN Security Council, but was blocked by China and Russia. Eleven countries, including Britain, Germany and France, are speculating that President Biden will reverse President Trump’s 2018 exit decision. He remained silent despite Iran’s history of promoting terror in Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not recognized the end of Embaro after the withdrawal of sanctions under the terms of the 2015 agreement at the United Nations last month. Other countries have objections, so it is another matter when the United Nations is more a hindrance to the American interests than an ally.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The United States is ready to use its domestic authorities to contribute to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional weapons to or from Iran to any person or entity is ready.”
Mr. Biden says that Tehran will return to the 2015 nuclear deal if it returns for compliance. He also promises to take a tough stance on Iran’s rude behavior in the Middle East. But how is Mr. Biden going to support Iran’s regional imperialism and terrorism without arms? So much about Mr. Biden’s agenda as will not be asked until after the election. But you can bet this on the minds of mullahs.
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