Iran’s Zarif says ending arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal

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Iran has mentioned the preservation of its nuclear accord with world powers depends upon the scheduled finish in October of a UN arms embargo because the United States seeks to increase it.

“The timetable for the removal of arms restrictions embodied in Resolution 2231 is an inseparable part of the hard-won compromise,” Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif advised a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session, referring to the decision that blessed the 2015 deal signed to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear actions in alternate for sanctions reduction.

“Any attempt to change or amend the agreed timetable is thus tantamount to undermining Resolution 2231 in its entirety,” he mentioned.

His feedback had been made after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the UN physique to increase the embargo on Iran.

Washington has circulated a draft decision to the 15-member council that may indefinitely prolong the embargo however Russia and China have already signalled their opposition to such a move.

“If Iran isn’t a threat to peace and security I do not know what it is,” Pompeo mentioned, warning that the embargo’s expiration would danger the steadiness of the Middle East.

“Iran will hold a sword of Damocles over the economic stability of the Middle East, endangering nations like Russia and China that rely on stable energy prices,” he added, referencing two opponents of prolonging the embargo.

Pompeo described Iran as “the world’s most heinous terrorist regime,” and urged the us to reject “extortion diplomacy.”

If the US is unsuccessful in extending the arms embargo, it has threatened to set off a return of all UN sanctions on Iran beneath the nuclear deal, from which Washington unilaterally withdrew in 2018.

Zarif countered calling President Donald Trump’s administration “an outlaw bully” that’s waging “economic terrorism” on his nation to fulfill home constituencies and “personal aggrandizement.”

He known as for the US to compensate the Iranian individuals for the harm and vehemently opposed any extension of the arms embargo, warning that Iran’s choices “will be firm” whether it is maintained and the US will bear full accountability.

Pompeo’s risk to set off a brand new set of sanctions was met with criticism in the course of the assembly by different members who signalled their opposition to the move, whereas additionally stressing the significance of respecting the deal.

While Russian diplomat Vassily Nebenzia denounced the US’s try to increase the embargo as a “utopia”, China’s UN ambassador, Zhang Jun, careworn that the five-year arms embargo ought to finish as scheduled beneath the 2015 decision.

“Having quit the JCPOA, the US is no longer a participant and has no right to trigger snapback at the Security Council,” Zhang mentioned, utilizing the official identify of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

European allies of the US have voiced assist for extending the embargo but in addition oppose new sanctions, saying the larger challenge is Iran’s nuclear programme.

“Unilateral attempts to trigger UN sanctions snapback are incompatible with our current efforts to preserve the JCPOA,” mentioned the British envoy, Jonathan Allen, referring to the nuclear settlement.

Olof Skoog, the European Union consultant to the UN, famous that the US has not participated in any conferences on the nuclear deal since asserting its withdrawal in May 2018.

The UNSC was assembly to debate a report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who mentioned the cruise missiles utilized in a number of assaults on oil amenities and a global airport in Saudi Arabia final 12 months had been of “Iranian origin”.

Guterres mentioned “these items may have been transferred in a manner inconsistent” with a 2015 Security Council decision that enshrines Tehran’s cope with world powers to stop it from creating nuclear weapons.

Iran rejected the report saying it had been drawn up beneath US and Saudi affect.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information businesses