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Friday, July 31, 2020
Pompeo: US will take ‘necessary action’ if Iran arms embargo ends
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday gave his clearest indication yet that the United States would seek to force UN sanctions on Iran if an arms embargo lapses.
Russia and China, two of the Permanent Five nations that enjoy veto power on the Security Council, want the UN embargo on selling conventional weapons to Iran to end on October 18 as laid out under a 2015 resolution.
Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States would introduce a resolution to extend the embargo “in the near future” which “we hope will be met with approval from other members of the P5.”
“In the event it’s not, we’re going to take the action necessary to ensure that this arms embargo does not expire,” he said.
The United States has previously said it has the authority to “snap back” UN economic sanctions that were lifted as part of a nuclear deal with Iran.
“We have the capacity to execute snapback and we’re going to use it in a way that protects and defends America,” Pompeo told the committee.
The 2015 resolution had blessed a denuclearization deal with Iran negotiated by former US president Barack Obama from which President Donald Trump pulled out in 2018. READ MORE