Iran says extending UN Security Council arms embargo is a ‘red line’

Iranian soldiers march during a military parade as they mark the country's annual army day in Tehran, on April 18, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

The UN Security Council would cross a “red line” if it extended its arms embargo on Iran due to expire this October, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi warned on Monday.

Extending the arms embargo on Iran “is one of our red lines, and we hope no one crosses this red line,” the semi-official Tasnim quoted Mousavi as saying.

The US in 2018 withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that sought to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. As part of that deal, a UN arms embargo on Iran expires on October 18.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (IRNA)

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. (IRNA)

US efforts to extend the arms embargo on Tehran are “illegal,” Mousavi said.

“Our talks with the remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal, especially Russia and China, are ongoing,” he added.

President Hassan Rouhani said last week Iran “expects” Russia and China to stand against US efforts to extend the arms embargo on Tehran.

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Last Update: Monday, 15 June 2020 KSA 12:12 - GMT 09:12