UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite U.S. objections

US Secretary of State Pompeo Warns of Sanctions For Any Arms Sales to Iran                AFP 2020  HO

The statement noted that it was a "momentous day" for the worldwide community because it had protected the nuclear deal in defiance of malign United States efforts.

The arms embargo, which was adopted by the UN Security Council in 2007, was due to expire on Sunday based on the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.

"As of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran will export or import weapons only on the basis of the principles of its defense policy and needs", he added. "Unconventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a buying spree of conventional arms have no place in Iran's defense doctrine", said a Foreign Ministry statement carried by state media.

Zarif's comments were accompanied by a statement by the Foreign Ministry, which said that "as of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran may procure any necessary arms and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions and exclusively based on its defensive needs". "We'll do the same thing with respect to the broader U.N. Security Council sanctions as well", he said.

Britain, France and Germany remain committed to the survival of the Iran nuclear deal.

"The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran", Pompeo said in a statement.

Timeline: Is the landmark Iran nuclear deal coming to an end? UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told the council he would not take any action on the USA declaration.

Iran has blasted Gulf Arab purchases of US -made defence equipment as "regrettably lucrative weapon deals" with some of those arms used in the ongoing war in Yemen.

He added that Washington had ended up "isolated" as a result of its attempt to "further violate" the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal.

President Trump withdrew the USA from that agreement in 2018.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said during a news conference in Tehran the arms embargo will end on October 18 despite US efforts to block it.

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of worldwide sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

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