The US sent Russia a project to extend the arms embargo against Iran

The US sent the Russian Federation a draft resolution of the UN Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran, said the US permanent representative to the UN Kelly Kraft.


“We shared the draft resolution with Great Britain, France, Germany, as well as, as far as I remember, with Estonia and Russia. So very soon, we will share it with all fifteen (members of the UN Security Council),” said Kraft, whose words at the briefing are quoted by the state Department.

She asked a rhetorical question whether the UN Security Council countries want Russia and China to sell weapons to Iran after the arms embargo expires on October 18.

“I emphasize that Russia and China should join the global consensus on Iran’s behavior,” Kraft said.

In July 2015, Iran and the “six” international negotiators reached an agreement on the settlement of the long-standing problem of the Iranian atom. Months of negotiations concluded with the adoption of a joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPA), which is completely removed from Iran’s previously imposed economic and financial sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, and EU. The agreement also stipulated that the arms embargo would be lifted from Iran within five years, and arms deliveries would be possible earlier, but only with the permission of the UN Security Council. The deal in its original form did not last even three years: in May 2018, the US announced a unilateral withdrawal from it and the restoration of strict sanctions against Tehran. However, since only the US formally withdrew from the deal, the rest of its participants must comply with the condition of lifting the arms embargo.