UN weapons on Iran expire despite US sanctions

Tehran, Iran (AP) – Iran has been banned by a decade-long United Nations arsenal despite foreign objections from the United States, under its nuclear deal with world powers, which concluded on Sunday its foreign weapons and tanks-like fighter Prohibited the purchase of aircraft.

Insisting that there are no plans to “buy spree,” Iran could buy weapons to buy military weapons, dating back to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and selling its own locally produced gear overseas could. In practice, however, Iran’s economy is crippled by widespread US sanctions, and other countries may avoid an arms deal with Tehran for fear of US financial reprisals.

The Islamic Republic acknowledged the abolition of arms as “an important day for the international community … disregarding the effort of US rule”. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has insisted that it has re-enforced all UN sanctions on Iran through a clause in the nuclear deal that was withdrawn in 2018, a claim that was ignored by the rest of the world is..

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif wrote on Twitter, “The normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world today is a victory for multilateralism and peace and security in our region.”

The United Nations banned Iran from purchasing major foreign weapons systems in 2010 amid tensions over its nuclear program. Earlier incarnations targeted Iranian arms exports.

The US Defense Intelligence Agency predicted in 2019 that if Embargo ran out, Iran would likely try to buy Russian SU-30 fighter jets, Yak-130 trainer aircraft and T-90 tanks. Tehran may have tried to buy Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system and its Bastian Coastal Defense Missile System. China could also sell Iran weapons.

Iran has long been ostracized by US-backed Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have purchased billions of dollars of advanced American weapons. In response, Tehran turned to developing locally manufactured ballistic missiles.

Iran has blasted Gulf Arab purchases of US-made defense equipment as “regrettably lucrative arms deals” with some of the weapons used in the ongoing war in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition stands in support of the country’s internationally recognized government against rebel forces backed by Iran in that conflict.

UN weapons, however, could not prevent Iran from sending weapons ranging from assault rifles to ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. While Tehran denies the Houthis, Western governments and arms experts have repeatedly linked Iranian weapons to rebels.

Six Gulf Arab countries support arms expansion Mentioned weapons for Yemen in its objection to resuming the sale of any weapons to Iran. He also mentions in a letter to the UN Security Council that Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane in January And its navy accidentally killed 19 sailors in a missile attack during an exercise.. United Nations also linked Iran with 2019 attack on Saudi Arabia’s main crude oil refinery, However Tehran denies any links and rebel Houthis in Yemen claim responsibility.

United Nations travel restrictions on several UN and military paramilitary Revolutionary Guard members were lifted on Sunday.

Tensions between Iran and the US reached a fever pitch at the beginning of the year, when an American drone killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Tehran avenged a ballistic missile attack on US forces in Iraq in which dozens were wounded. Iran, meanwhile, has consistently broken borders of the nuclear deal in an attempt to pressure Europe to end the agreement.

In recent months, the incitement on both sides has declined as President Donald Trump is facing a re-election campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden has said that he is ready to offer Iran “a credible path to diplomacy” if Tehran returns to “strict compliance” with the agreement.


Associated Press writer John Gambrel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.