Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of missile attack that killed at least 13 Armenian foreign ministers to travel to Washington amid fierce fighting with Azerbaijan Arrest of former Secretary of Defense rattles between US and Mexico security ties MORE said Sunday that the United States will impose sanctions on arms sales to Iran even when the UN embargo on sales to the nation expires.
“The United States is ready to use its domestic authorities to sanction any person or entity that contributes significantly to the supply, sale or transfer of conventional weapons to or from Iran, as well as those providing technical training, financial assistance and services, and other assistance related to these weapons, ”Pompeo said in a statement.
“For the past ten years, countries have refrained from selling arms to Iran under various UN measures,”
The embargo expired Sunday, though heavy U.S. economic sanctions remain in place. The United States has pushed the UN Security Council to adopt an extension of the embargo, but the council voted down the proposal in August, according to the Associated Press.
After the decision failed, the United States moved to trigger “snapback” sanctions against the country unilaterally.
“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a victory for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
An important day for the international community, which – in contrast to malicious American efforts – has protected UNSC Res. 2231 and JCPOA.
Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a victory for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region. pic.twitter.com/sRO6ezu4OO
– Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 17, 2020
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared since the US left the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018.
The relationship reached its head in January after the United States killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran responded by launching a missile attack on an Iraqi air base housing US troops.