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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Günter Sautter, said he brought the issue to the Security Council after the two countries blocked the report’s release by the committee monitoring sanctions on Libya, which Germany heads. “Many delegations have asked for the publication of the panel of experts’ interim report,” he said. “This would create much needed transparency. It would contribute to naming and shaming those who continue to blatantly violate the arms embargo in spite of...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Günter Sautter, said he brought the issue to the Security Council after the two countries blocked the report’s release by the committee monitoring sanctions on Libya, which Germany heads. “Many delegations have asked for the publication of the panel of experts’ interim report,” he said. “This would create much needed transparency. It would contribute to naming and shaming those who continue to blatantly violate...
    European intelligence agencies will partner with the United States to enforce an arms embargo on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted, despite disputes within the alliance about the legal basis for that ban. “We think the network will cooperate,” Pompeo told the Washington Examiner. “We think there is a shared understanding about the risk from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” That understanding didn’t preclude a high-profile diplomatic clash between Pompeo and his Western European counterparts over the U.S. effort to extend a United Nations arms embargo scheduled to expire in October pursuant to the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The disagreement led to the defeat of a U.S. proposal to extend the ban, followed by...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused the European Union of “rewarding the aggressor” after the 27-nation bloc slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm which operates a vessel that was at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France. A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement dismissed the decision as “of no value.” It insisted the ship was providing aid to Libya’s U.N.-recognized government based in the capital, Tripoli, and accused the EU of ignoring countries and companies sending arms to the rival Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, which controls the east. “With this attitude, the EU insists on...
    The United States is imposing sweeping new sanctions on Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear, missile, and conventional arms threats after Washington asserted the United Nations arms embargo on Iran was reimposed indefinitely late Saturday. White House National Secretary Adviser Robert O'Brien said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is imposing new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals connected to Iran's nuclear weapons program. A White House executive order lays out plans to block the property of individuals involved in transferring arms materials and military equipment to and from Iran. The State Department and Treasury Department also outline how foreign individuals and businesses will be penalized for violations. Iran's Defense Industries Organization (DIO) and its director,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed new sanctions on individuals and entities involved in Iran's nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now resumed. The impetus behind the U.S. action is the impending expiry of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and a desire to warn foreign actors - U.S. entities are already barred from such trade - that if they buy or sell arms to Iran they will face U.S. sanctions. The Trump administration announced the following measures: TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new executive order targeting Iran-related conventional arms transfers, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, adding...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration imposed a range of sanctions and restrictions on Iranian and Iranian-linked officials and entities on Monday after an effort over the weekend to reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran was largely rejected.Some of those sanctions -- including against the Iranian Ministry of Defense and embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro -- were taken under a new executive order issued Monday aimed at deterring conventional arms transfers to Iran. A UN embargo on those transfers is due to expire in October under the Iran nuclear deal, although experts note that there are other restrictions in place to restrain sales to Tehran."My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. At talks in Brussels, EU foreign ministers also imposed asset freezes and travel bans on two Libyan men accused of human rights abuses such as executions, and of the trafficking, kidnapping, rape and killing of migrants. A statement said the decision means that a total of 17 people are now banned from entering Europe, while 21 people and 19 “entities” — usually companies, banks or other organizations — have their assets...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose economic sanctions on two individuals and three companies accused of breaking a U.N. arms embargo on Libya, two diplomats said. The two individuals are Libyans and the companies are based in Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, in the maritime and aviation sectors, the diplomats said, confirming a Reuters report from Sept. 9. The European Union has a naval mission to uphold the United Nations Security Council embargo on Libya, in turmoil since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi. (Reporting by Robin Emmott and Andreas Rinke; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The United States is returning virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, according to a Saturday night statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Calling Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and anti-Semitism, the statement said the sanctions are being reimposed through the snapback process contained in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the Iran nuclear agreement. The U.S. took this action because Iran failed uphold its JCPOA commitments and the Security Council failed to extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which had been in place for 13 years, the statement said. The statement also said, “The United States expects all U.N. member states to fully comply with their obligations to implement...
    Reimpose Iran sanctions … or else. Washington and the United Nations are in a showdown after the Trump administration demanded all member countries restore nuclear-related restrictions on Iran by Saturday and the conventional arms embargo on the rogue regime stay in place, Reuters reported. Three of America’s strongest allies — Britain, France and Germany — told the UN Security Council on Friday that they wouldn’t reimpose the sanctions, leaving them open to a threat by the president that the US would impose restrictions on any nation that violates the arms embargo if that measure is allowed to expire in a month. “We have worked tirelessly to preserve the nuclear agreement and remain committed to do so,” the UN envoys for...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington’s move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran that aimed to stop Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next: WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING?...
    President Trump is reportedly planning to sign an executive order that would slap sanctions on violators of an arms embargo against Iran. A United Nations arms embargo against Iran is set to expire on Oct. 18 despite unsuccessful U.S. efforts to extend the provision. The new executive order was born out of that pending deadline, Reuters reported on Friday. The Washington Examiner reached out to the White House for confirmation and further details about the order but didn’t immediately receive a response. The Trump administration claims to have instituted a “snapback” on U.N. sanctions that will go into effect at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The 2015 Iran nuclear deal stated that any signatory nations could retrigger sanctions...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he expected every nation to comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran. “The United States is intent on enforcing all the U.N. Security Council resolutions, and come Monday, there will be a new series of U.N. Security Council resolutions to be in force, and we intend to ask every country to stand behind them,” he said during a joint press conference with Suriname President Chandrikapersad "Chan" Santokhi in Paramaribo. He said the U.S. expected every nation to behave in a way consistent with what the United Nations mandates, adding that it was “simple” and “straightforward what our expectations are.” The United States has vowed...
    State Department officials said Wednesday that it will push forward with U.S. sanctions against Iran, and will impose sanctions on anyone who violates the United Nations arms embargo -- despite its expiration next month under the 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said there could be repercussions for the international community if they tried to engage in arms trade with Iran, as the Middle Eastern country is believed by U.S. security officials to have been developing nuclear arms. Iran has denied any participation in the development of their nuclear arsenals. COUNTRIES PART OF IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL CLAIM US CANNOT FORCE SANCTIONS ON IRAN “It’s time for peace-loving nations to recognize this reality and join us...
    WASHINGTON - The United States vowed to assert a “snapback” of all prior international sanctions on Iran, effective 8 p.m. Eastern Time on September 19, with more announcements to be made this weekend and next week as to exactly how Washington is planning to enforce the “returned U.N. sanctions.” “We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday during a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “I think we absolutely agree that Iran must never be — never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon,” said Raab. “We also, I think, share the view that the diplomatic door...
    Chinese and Russian defense companies that strike weapons deals with Iran will suffer the “very full force” of U.S. sanctions, according to the State Department, despite Western disagreements about the legality of President Trump’s move to renew an international arms embargo. “It's the position of the United States that the arms embargo should be extended, and had it been extended, we would not have had to snap back to restore the full panoply of U.N. sanctions,” State Department special representative Elliot Abrams, the lead official for Iran, told reporters Wednesday. "So, one practical effect, we believe, will be to say to arms manufacturers and traders around the world that if you engage in business with Iran, very full force...
    WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Trump administration vowed on Wednesday to impose the “full force” of U.S. sanctions on any international arms manufacturers who deal with Iran once Washington sees a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran as reimposed. Elliott Abrams, U.S. special envoy on Iran, issued the warning in a briefing with reporters hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would return to the U.N. to try to reinstate sanctions on Iran next week, despite a lack of support within the U.N. Security Council. The Security Council resoundingly rejected a U.S. attempt on Aug. 14 to extend an international arms embargo on Iran beyond its expiration in October, but the United States is pressing...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday demanding that all countries enforce the widely violated U.N. arms embargo on Libya, withdraw all mercenaries from the North African nation. The council also called for political talks and a cease-fire in the war, stressing it has no military solution. The vote was 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining. In the years after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has sunk further into turmoil and is now divided between two rival administrations, based in the country’s east and west, with an array of fighters and militias — backed by various foreign powers — allied with each side. The resolution’s approval follows a...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday demanding that all countries enforce the widely violated U.N. arms embargo on Libya, withdraw all mercenaries from the North African nation. The council also called for political talks and a cease-fire in the war, stressing it has no military solution. The vote was 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining. In the years after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has sunk further into turmoil and is now divided between two rival administrations, based in the country’s east and west, with an array of fighters and militias — backed by various foreign powers — allied with each side. The...
    ROME, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A European Union naval vessel on Thursday stopped a ship that was carrying jet fuel from the United Arab Emirates to Libya on suspicion it was violating a United Nations arms embargo, EU officials said. The EU military mission, named Irini, is operating in the Mediterranean to stop arms from reach warring factions in Libya. The mission said in a statement that a German frigate, supported by an Italian frigate, stopped the merchant vessel Royal Diamond 7 just after dawn in international waters, 150 km (95 miles) north of the Libyan city of Derna. The ship had sailed from the port of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and was heading to Benghazi in Libya,...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. The panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya said in the report seen Tuesday by The Associated Press that 11 companies also violated the arms embargo including the Wagner Group, a private Russian security company the panel said in May provided between 800 and 1,200 mercenaries to support eastern Libya’s rebel commander Khalifa Hifter. In addition, the panel of experts said the warring parties and their international backers, along with Egypt and...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. The panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya said in the report seen Tuesday by The Associated Press that 11 companies also violated the arms embargo including the Wagner Group, a private Russian security company the panel said in May provided between 800 and 1,200 mercenaries to support eastern Libya’s rebel commander Khalifa Hifter. In addition, the panel of experts said the warring parties and their...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey’s search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is monitoring the situation in the region and would help start a “genuine dialogue” with all parties that would generate “mutually acceptable solutions.” Lavrov was speaking after a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades during an official visit to the island nation. Greece and Turkey have been locked in a tense standoff in recent weeks as Turkish survey vessels and drill ships continue to prospect for gas in waters where Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights. Greek and Turkish armed forces have been conducting military exercises...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has called on the United States to reconsider a decision to partially lift a 33-year-old arms embargo against Cyprus, saying the move disrupts “equality and balance” between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities on the ethnically divided island nation. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Ankara would continue to take steps to guarantee the security and welfare of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state and of the Turkish Cypriot people “against such positions that increase the risk of confrontation in the region.” Oktay said Wednesday that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot state are “aware of the games that are being played against them.” The arms embargo, which was imposed in 1987, was designed...
    Signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal argued that the U.S. could not unilaterally enforce sanctions on Iran for allegedly breaking the terms of the 2015 agreement, because the U.S. broke from the deal in May 2018. At a meeting today, the governments still part of the nuclear agreement  -- the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, Iran and the European Union --  said the United States surrendered its authority in 2018 when it left the deal.  “Participants reaffirmed that the United States unilaterally announced its cessation of participation in the JCPoA on 8 May 2018 and that it had not participated in any JCPoA-related activities subsequently,” the European Union said in a statement Tuesday referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
    BERLIN (AP) — Foreign Minister Heiko Maas agreed with his Israeli counterpart Thursday that an effort must be made to extend a weapon embargo on Iran, while stressing Germany still sees the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers as the best way to prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. With a current U.N. arms embargo on Iran due to expire on Oct. 18, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters in Berlin an extension was needed to prevent Iran from getting “more advanced weapons systems and spreading them around the Middle East.” “We would like to see the European countries, not just Germany, preventing it,” he said. “It’s not helpful for the stability of the region.”...
    Photograph: Mike Segar/AFP/Getty Images The extent of US isolation at the UN has been driven home by formal letters from 13 of the 15 security council members opposing Trump administration attempts to deepen Iran’s pariah status. The letters by the council members were all issued in the 24 hours since the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, came to the UN’s New York headquarters to declare Iran in non-compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal. Under that deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), comprehensive UN sanctions on Iran would be restored 30 days after the declaration. But almost every other council member has issued letters saying that the US has no standing to trigger this sanctions “snapback”...
    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – SUPREME LEADER OFFICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Iran has offered to allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit two controversial nuclear sites as part of its diplomatic charm offensive to have the international arms embargo against Tehran lifted, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN-sponsored body responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities, has been highly critical of the Iranian regime over its refusal to cooperate with inspectors over claims that it has undertaken illicit activities at two nuclear facilities. The IAEA took the unprecedented step earlier this year of issuing a special report publicly rebuking Iran for its non-cooperation on a number of key nuclear issues, and denying inspectors access to two key Iranian nuclear installations at Marivan and...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the media at a joint news conference with the Czech prime minister, at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic August 12, 2020.Petr David Josek | Reuters WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted Friday that Washington would enforce sweeping sanctions on Iran, even though the United Nations Security Council voted to not extend an arms embargo on the rogue regime. Pompeo, who addressed the 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, reiterated that the Trump administration will continue its maximum pressure campaign in order to rein in Tehran's missile and nuclear weapons programs. "I have not had a single world leader or one of...
    The US accused China and allies Britain and France Friday of “abdicating their duty” as it held firm on its solitary push to maintain an arms embargo and restore broader UN sanctions on Iran. “We don’t need anybody’s permission to initiate snapback,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s Special Representative for Iran, told reporters, referring to the mechanism activated by Washington on Thursday to restore sanctions. “Iran is in violation of its voluntary nuclear commitments. The conditions have been met to initiate snapback.” Hook said the lack of support from any other members of the UN Security Council for the move was moot, and that they had “failed” a week ago by not extending a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran as...
    One of Donald Trump's most senior officials has launched a furious attack on Britain accusing it of 'siding with ayatollahs' after it helped block tough new sanctions against Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the UK along with Germany and France after they all refused to back an indefinite extension of an arms embargo against Tehran. And last night the Trump administration ran into opposition after Mr Pompeo officially informed the UN it is demanding the restoration of all sanctions on Iran, with allies and opponents declaring the US action illegal and doomed to failure.  He insisted that the United States has the legal right to 'snap back' UN sanctions even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear...
    Mike Pompeo said at the United Nations it would be an “enormous mistake” not to extend the arms embargo on Iran – Bloomberg Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, accused America’s European allies of “siding with the ayatollahs” over Iran on Thursday after he initiated a controversial procedure to reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran. Britain, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger the so-called “snapback” of sanctions because it withdrew from the Iranian nuclear accord in 2018. “No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution. Instead, they chose to side with the ayatollahs,” Mr Pompeo told reporters. Mr Pompeo said at the United Nations it would be...
    Iranian state TV announced Thursday that the nation has unveiled two new missiles, one named after a top Iranian military official killed by a U.S. drone strikes this year. Iran celebrated their National Defense Industry Day by revealing a new 870 mile range missile, the “Martyr Hajj Qassem,” which was named for Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The other, a naval cruise missile with a 620 mile range was named the “Martyr Abu Mahdi,” after Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who had close ties with Iran. Muhandis was killed in the same January drone strike that killed Soleimani. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO TRIGGER ‘SNAPBACK’ OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?The announcement follows the United Nations Security Council vote which failed to extend an arms embargo...
    President Trump’s move to reimpose full United Nations sanctions on Iran in order to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic scheduled to expire in October is a wise move, despite the opposition of European nations, Russia and China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Thursday at the United Nations: "The United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other kinds of conventional weapons. … These U.N. sanctions will continue the arms embargo." However, foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement Thursday saying they don’t support the move by the U.S. to snapback sanctions on Iran under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal...
    The United States is moving to reissue a full round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, in the Trump administration’s latest move to erase the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo said the U.S. will issue the sanctions to essentially extend an arms embargo on Iran, even after the United Nations Security Council voted to let the arms embargo expire this fall. Pompeo had expressed his intention to reapply sanctions Wednesday by invoking a snapback measure in the deal negotiated by the Obama administration that allows participants to reimpose sanctions on Iran. “The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles and other...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump announces 'snapback' of sanctions on Iran | Uniformed personnel at Dem convention under investigation | Netanyahu calls reported F-35 deal 'fake news' Trump announces 'snapback' of sanctions on Iran Great power competition and global supply chains MORE on Thursday notified the United Nations that the U.S. is initiating the process to reinstate all U.N. sanctions on Iran that were previously lifted under the Obama-era nuclear deal. The snapback of sanctions will extend an arms embargo on Iran that was set to expire in October and further restrict the country from conducting ballistic missile testing, the secretary said. “The United States will never allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism...
    A missile unveiled by Iran is launched in an unknown location in Iran in this picture received by Reuters on August 20, 2020.WANA News Agency | via Reuters WASHINGTON — Iran unveiled a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Thursday, a move likely to peeve Washington as the Trump administration attempts to rein in the regime's missile and nuclear weapon ambitions. Iran's defense minister Amir Hatami said in a televised address that the missile has a range of approximately 870 miles and that it was named after Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Hatami also said the regime had a new cruise missile boasting a range more than 620 miles and was named after Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Soleimani and Mahdi al-Muhandis were...
    The United Nations Security Council last week rejected a U.S. effort to extend a 13-year-old embargo on Iran imports and exports of conventional weapons, including aircraft and tanks in and out of the Middle Eastern country. Permanent members China and Russia - who have veto power - verbally rejected the endeavor in advance, while of the 15 countries in the UN Security Council, only the Dominican Republic joined the U.S. in backing the overture. Prominent U.S. allies Britain, Germany and France abstained from the vote. The years-long embargo is set to expire Oct. 18, so what exactly does the failure to extend it mean? It was seemingly a doomed effort from the beginning. The U.S. proposition to extend the arms embargo would...
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is calling for the Trump administration to use the snapback mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal that would allow the U.S. to force the reimposition of sanctions on Tehran -- after the U.N. Security Council failed to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo. "The fecklessness of our European allies has left the United States with one option, and one option only, to prevent an expiration of the arms embargo,” Cruz said in a blistering statement on Monday. “It's time for the United States to finally and irreversibly end what remains of the disastrous deal and the benefits that Iran gets from it by invoking the snapback mechanism described in the deal's United Nations resolution." UN SECURITY COUNCIL...
    The U.N. Security Council rejected an extension on the Iran arms embargo, which State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told “Fox & Friends'” Pete Hegseth is an ethical concern. “There was a real lack of moral courage at the U.N. Security Council on Friday night,” she said. “This is a 13-year arms embargo or even longer potentially. And this has lasted through Republican and Democrat administrations. This is something that the world at the U.N. Security Council has recognized is needed. And why is that? ... Because Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism.” UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS US RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO Ending the embargo will allow Iran to purchase conventional weapons from China and Russia. Countries in the...
    BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY - U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday he will try a controversial "snapback" to force a return of U.N. sanctions against Iran, after the Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend the arms embargo against the Islamic republic.   "We'll be doing a snapback," the president said, referring to the contested argument that the U.S. remains a participant in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — despite Trump's withdrawal from it — and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.   The president said the U.S. will make its move next week.     Trump also said at the press conference at his private golf course at...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator attracts fireplace from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Has Congress captured Russia policy? Graham on Harris: ‘No issue’ as to whether ‘she is an American citizen’ A lot more (R-S.C.) mentioned the United Nations Stability Council’s conclusion to reject the U.S.’s ask for to extend an arms embargo against Iran was a “major blunder.”  “The United Nations Safety Council overwhelmingly turned down an extension of the Iranian arms embargo. This was a main oversight by the UN. It also would make a major conflict with Iran substantially far more probably as they make up their military services arsenal,” Graham, a distinguished overseas policy hawk, tweeted Saturday.  The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly rejected...
    Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Has Congress captured Russia policy? Graham on Harris: 'No issue' as to whether 'she is an American citizen' MORE (R-S.C.) said the United Nations Security Council’s decision to reject the U.S.’s request to extend an arms embargo against Iran was a “major mistake.”  “The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly rejected an extension of the Iranian arms embargo. This was a major mistake by the UN. It also makes a major conflict with Iran much more likely as they build up their military arsenal,” Graham, a prominent foreign policy hawk, tweeted Saturday.  The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly rejected an extension of the Iranian arms...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council's decision not to extend an arms embargo on Iran will lead to further Middle East instability, Israel's foreign minister said on Saturday. "The extremist regime in Iran doesn’t just finance terrorism: it takes an active part in terrorism through its branches around the world and uses it as a political tool. This behaviour represents a danger to regional and international stability," Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a statement. (Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The Trump administration said late Friday that it will act “in the coming days” to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran -- after a U.S. resolution to extend it failed in the U.N. Security Council. “The United States has acted in good faith throughout this process and made clear to all parties that failure was simply not an option,” U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement to the Council on Friday. UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS US RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO  The U.S. resolution, which would have extended the 13-years-old embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” picked up only two votes in the chamber. Russia and China voted no, while the rest of the Council members...
    The current embargo, prohibiting Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons, is set to expire in October. The United Nations Security Council has rejected a U.S. bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran.  The embargo prohibits Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons. And it’s set to expire in October, under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.  On Friday, only the U.S. and the Dominican Republic voted in favor of the proposed resolution, which recommended extending the ban until the “council decides otherwise.” The U.S. argued it’s “essential to the maintenance of international peace and security.” Russia and China — expectedly — gave the proposal a thumbs down, and the remaining 11 members of the council abstained.  Secretary of...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - The failure to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran was a serious mistake, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday. "It's a serious mistake, we regret that," he told news conference during a visit to Poland. The United States failed on Friday in its bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran after the move was opposed by Russia and China, while France, Britain, Germany and eight other members abstained. (Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Anna Koper; Writing by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Giles Elgood) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Reuters August 15, 2020 0 Comments The United States lost a bid on Friday to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. In a U.N. Security Council vote, Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while Washington and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes. “The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” U.S. Secretary of...
    (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted against, while 11 members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour. "I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote!," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation." The U.N. arms embargo...
    Aug 15 (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted against, while 11 members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour. “I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote!,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. “But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation.” The U.N....
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, with the Trump administration getting support from only the Dominican Republic but vowing further action to prevent Tehran’s sale and export of conventional weapons. The vote in the 15-member council was two in favor, two against and 11 abstentions, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption. Russia and China strongly opposed the resolution, but didn’t need to use their vetoes. The Trump administration has said repeatedly it will not allow the arms embargo provision in the Security Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned the United Nations Security Councils rejection of a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran, calling it a failure "to hold Iran accountable." The 15-member council failed to get the minimum nine "yes" votes required for adoption — allowing a 13-year embargo designed to prevent Iran from buying and selling weapons, including aircraft and tanks, to expire Oct. 18. Pompeo tweeted: "The @UN Security Council failed today to hold Iran accountable. It enabled the worlds top state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell deadly weapons and ignored the demands of countries in the Middle East. America will continue to work to correct this mistake." In a statement, Pompeo...
    (CNN)The UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran Friday.With the failure of the resolution, the US is now poised to move to unilaterally trigger snapback sanctions on Tehran -- despite having walked away from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 -- a potential action that has drawn skepticism and alarm from allies and that experts have warned could spell the end of the landmark agreement.US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said in a statement Friday the US "has every right to initiate snapback of provisions of previous Security Council resolutions" and "in the coming days, the United States will follow through on that promise to stop at nothing to extend the...
    Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images The US has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations as its proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran won support from only the Dominican Republic at the security council vote. The US resolution was never likely to be passed in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition. It was proposed as a ploy by the Trump administration to open the way to more drastic action against Iran. But the scale of the defeat on Friday underlined US isolation on the world stage ahead of a major diplomatic confrontation that threatens to consume the security council and further sap its authority. The US stripped anti-Iran rhetoric from earlier drafts of the resolution in...
    An American effort to extend an international arms embargo on Iran failed to pass the United Nations Security Council, setting the stage for a showdown over the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal. “The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday evening. President Trump’s administration and Middle Eastern allies had hoped to forestall Russia and China from selling an array of new weapons to Tehran. It reflects a split not only with Moscow and Beijing but with the European allies who helped negotiate the nuclear agreement that began the countdown to the expiration of the arms embargo. “Arab nations and Israel strongly...
    The United States lost a bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid "confrontation" over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Russia and China opposed extending the weapons ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Eleven members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain, while Washington and the Dominican Republic were the only yes votes. "The Security Councils failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. "The Security Council rejected direct appeals...
    The United Nations Security Council has rejected a US resolution to extend an Iranian arms embargo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, in a move with repercussions for the Iran nuclear deal. “The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” Pompeo said in a statement ahead of the council announcing the results of the vote. The US has become increasingly isolated over Iran at the Security Council since President Donald Trump pulled it out of the Iranian nuclear deal in May 2018. Washington was not expected to receive nine votes in favor, removing the need for Russia and China to wield their vetoes which they had indicated they were prepared to...
    The United Nations Security Council on Friday rejected a US bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The Security Council “rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms embargo on Iran and paved the way for the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell conventional weapons without specific UN restrictions in place for the first time in over a decade,” he said.
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, with the Trump administration getting support from only the Dominican Republic. The vote in the 15-member council was two in favor, two against and 11 abstentions, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption. Russia and China strongly opposed the resolution, but didn’t need to use their vetoes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the defeat of the resolution ahead of a very brief virtual council meeting to reveal the vote. He said Israel and the six Arab Gulf nations who supported the extension...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States failed on Friday in its bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran after the move was opposed by Russia and China, while France, Britain, Germany and eight other members abstained. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only country on the 15-member body to vote for its draft resolution. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The U.N. Security Council on Friday overwhelmingly voted against a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend an arms embargo against Iran. Without further action, the 13-year embargo will now expire in mid-October, allowing Iran to buy and sell conventional weapons without U.N. restrictions.   The embargo was first formed in 2007, well before the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was forged by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran. That deal, which created the October 2020 expiration of the embargo, gives Iran relief from economic sanctions in exchange for the country not developing nuclear weapons.  The United States, which left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, argued that the arms embargo should not be allowed to expire because Iran continues...
    The U.N. Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S. resolution to extend a thirteen-years-old arms embargo on Iran due to expire in October -- a move that will likely result in the Trump administration attempting to extend the embargo unilaterally. The short resolution, which would have extended the embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” mustered only two votes in the chamber -- the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. It needed nine to pass, and even if it had gained that many, would likely have been shot down by a veto from China and Russia. US INTRODUCES UPDATED DRAFT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO  Russia and China voted no, but did not need to deploy a veto, while...
    Aug 14 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S. bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The Security Council “rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms embargo on Iran and paved the way for the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell conventional weapons without specific UN restrictions in place for the first time in over a decade,” he said. (Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that the US will designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, April 8, 2019.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The United States said Friday the U.N. Security Council has rejected an American resolution to indefinitely extend the U.N. arms embargo on Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the defeat of the resolution ahead of a council meeting to reveal the vote. Russia and China strongly opposed the resolution, and America's European allies were expected to abstain. The Trump administration has said repeatedly it will not allow the arms embargo provision in the Security...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — US says the UN Security Council has rejected an American resolution to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The U.N. Security Council on Friday will vote on a U.S. resolution to extend the 13-year-old arms embargo on Iran -- a resolution that is likely to fail, but not end U.S. efforts to extend the arms ban. The U.S. has been pushing for the council to extend the arms embargo, which expires in October as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). US INTRODUCES UPDATED DRAFT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO  On Tuesday it introduced an updated draft resolution that would simply extend the embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise.” Council members have been voting on the resolution remotely and the result is expected...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council was finishing voting Friday on a U.S.-sponsored resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran, with veto-wielding Russia and China strongly opposed to it and likely abstentions from America’s European allies. The United States called for the vote on Thursday evening and the results will be announced on Friday evening. The U.N.’s most powerful body has been meeting virtually, with a few exceptions, and changed its voting to email because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration has repeatedly said it will not allow the arms embargo provision in the Security Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers to expire on Oct. 18 as it is...
    VIENNA - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday before a U.N. vote on whether to extend the Iranian arms embargo that Iran is the world’s leading promoter of terrorism and must not be allowed to buy or sell weapons with other countries. “We’re going to do everything we can within our diplomatic tool kit to stop that from happening,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Vienna, Austria. Pompeo’s remarks came after he met with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi and before a U.N. Security Council vote in New York on a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with International Atomic Energy Agency...
    VIENNA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called for the world to unite around a long-shot American bid to indefinitely extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran. As members of the U.N. Security Council voted remotely on a U.S. resolution to prolong the embargo that is widely expected to fail, Pompeo said it was “nuts” to allow Iran to buy and sell weapons at will. Pompeo spoke well before an announcement of the results of the vote, which many diplomats believe will end in an embarrassing defeat for the Trump administration. “We ask nations to urge the U.N. Security Council to renew the arms embargo on Iran,” Pompeo said in Vienna, where he met with the...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Austria, where he will see the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog as members of the U.N. Security Council vote on a long-shot American bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran. The vote in New York will likely set the stage for a showdown between world powers over whether international sanctions eased under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can or should be reimposed on Washington’s demand. Pompeo’s meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi on Friday in Vienna is expected to be finished well before results from the Security Council vote are known. Whatever the result, the IAEA...
    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Austria, where he will see the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog as members of the U.N. Security Council vote on a long-shot American bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran. The vote in New York will likely set the stage for a showdown between world powers over whether international sanctions eased under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can or should be reimposed on Washington’s demand. Pompeo’s meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi on Friday in Vienna is expected to be finished well before results from the Security Council vote are known. Whatever the result, the IAEA plays a major role in the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday urged European nations that support the nuclear deal with Iran to put in writing their ideas to extend the expiring arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, indicating that the Trump administration may be willing to compromise on its demand for an indefinite extension. Kelly Craft said in an interview with The Associated Press that the United States is “keeping the space open” for talks with the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as Russia and China. The five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council still support the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran which U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of in 2018. The Trump administration...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday urged European nations that support the nuclear deal with Iran to put in writing their ideas to extend the expiring arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, indicating that the Trump administration may be willing to compromise on its demand for an indefinite extension. Kelly Craft said in an interview with The Associated Press that the United States is “keeping the space open” for talks with the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as Russia and China. The five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council still support the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran which U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday urged European nations that support the nuclear deal with Iran to put in writing their ideas to extend the expiring arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, indicating that the Trump administration may be willing to compromise on its demand for an indefinite extension. Kelly Craft said in an interview with The Associated Press that the United States is “keeping the space open” for talks with the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as Russia and China. The five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council still support the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran which U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of in 2018. The Trump administration...
    American envoys have finalized the text of a proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran ahead of a United Nations Security Council showdown with high stakes for the 2015 nuclear deal. “It is a straightforward, commonsense measure requested by countries in the Middle East that have suffered the most as a result of the Iranian regime’s active support for terrorism and mayhem across the region and beyond,” said Kelly Craft, the United States ambassador to the U.N. The draft proposal comes after more than a year of diplomatic posturing by Security Council heavyweights and the participants in the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to use American prerogatives to shred the nuclear deal...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. efforts to get the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Tehran would fail, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Wednesday, a day after U.S. officials circulated a revised proposal. Washington streamlined its bid on Tuesday to win more support in the 15-member Security Council but it is unlikely to overcome opposition by veto powers Russia and China to extending the weapons embargo that ends in October under Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers. "Until today, the U.S. has failed politically, and it will fail again...if such a resolution is passed...Its initiators will be responsible for the consequences,” said Rouhani, without elaborating on what Tehran's reaction could be....
    The current embargo — which prohibits Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons — is set to expire in October. The U.S. is aiming to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran — indefinitely.  The embargo prohibits Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons. And it’s set to expire in October under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.  “The Security Council’s mission is to maintain international peace and security. The council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it allowed the Number One state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons freely,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.  The U.S.’ new proposed resolution reportedly recommends extending the ban until the “council decides otherwise.” The U.S. argues it’s “essential...
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed “great hopes” Wednesday that a US bid to extend an arms embargo on his country will fail, warning of consequences if the UN Security Council backs it. Rouhani’s remarks came after Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said the US would have to redraft its proposed resolution on the issue after being “rebuffed” by Security Council members. The ban on selling weapons to Iran is set to be progressively eased from October under the terms of Resolution 2231, which blessed the Iran nuclear deal that world powers agreed in July 2015. But a UN embargo on materials and technology that Iran could use for its ballistic missile programme is to remain in place until 2023....
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday circulated a revised resolution that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, seeking to gain more support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the new draft “takes council views into account and simply does what everyone knows should be done — extend the arms embargo to prevent Iran from freely buying and selling conventional weapons.” “It is only common sense that the world’s #1 state sponsor of terror not be given the means of unleashing even greater harm on the world,” she said in a statement. Council diplomats said the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday circulated a revised resolution that would extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, seeking to gain more support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the new draft “takes council views into account and simply does what everyone knows should be done — extend the arms embargo to prevent Iran from freely buying and selling conventional weapons.” “It is only common sense that the world’s #1 state sponsor of terror not be given the means of unleashing even greater harm on the world,” she said in a statement. Council diplomats said the revised draft could be put in...