Mike Pompeo’s Fight to Punish Iran at the UN Heats Up

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Brian Hook, the USA policy coordinator for Iran, visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this weekend as part of a Middle East tour meant to discuss Washington's efforts to extend the conventional arms embargo on Tehran, which expires in October.

U.S. Amb. Kelly Craft and Special Representative Brian Hook had presented a resolution to the Security Council last Wednesday asking the body to extend its arms embargo on Iran. And it puts European nations in an awkward position as they try to preserve global agreements, including the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

"Iran seeks to provide weapons to terrorist organisations". It is not clear if either the USA or Russian Federation and China would support such a proposal.

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, said on June 24 that the Security Council should be united over its concern with Iranian arms transfers and noted that the UN has maintained arms restrictions on Iran since 2007.

Hook acknowledged Iran had been violating the embargo and smuggling weapons to different terror groups in the region, but warned that if the embargo expires Iran will simply expand its arms trading in broad daylight.

Iran has also gone on the diplomatic offensive, asking INTERPOL on Monday to issue a "Red Notice" for several US officials, including Trump.

In a report this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations has determined that Iran was the source for several items in two arms shipments seized by the US, and for debris left by attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations and an global airport.

It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran's request as its guideline for notices forbids it from "undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature.

US President Donald Trump delivering a statement on the US response to Iranian missile strikes, at the White House, 8 January 2020.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif are scheduled to address a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday on the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - the accord that the Trump administration pulled out of more than two years ago.

Matthew Petti is a national security reporter at the National Interest.

"If we play by Iran's rules, Iran wins", Hook said.

Saudi and USA officials on Monday urged the worldwide community to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, warning that letting the ban expire would allow Tehran to further arm its proxies and destabilize the region.



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