UN Security Council meeting: Pompeo urged for extension of weapons embargo on Iran
In Tuesday’s UN Security Council meeting on Iran’s return to JCPOA and Iran’s weapons’ embargo, representatives of the US and Europe expressed concerns about the Islamic Republic’s military and nuclear activities and asked Iran to return to compliance with the nuclear deal (JCPOA).
The EU representative emphasized that the JCPOA must be maintained, and expressed support for the IAEA, saying the IAEA is instrumental in finding the truth about Iran.
The IAEA previously reported that Iran has violated all the terms of the JCPOA, and it does not allow IAEA inspectors to visit two nuclear sites.
U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported the EU position and said the Security Council must hold Iran accountable and extend the weapons embargo on Iran.
“Renewing the embargo will exert more pressure on Tehran to start to behave like a normal nation,” Pompeo said. “The world needs this to happen. The long-suffering Iranian people need it to happen.”
“Iran will hold a sword of Damocles over the economic stability of the Middle East, endangering nations like Russia and China that rely on stable energy prices," he added.
Pompeo continued: “Iran is already violating the arms embargo even before its expiration date. Imagine if Iranian activity were authorized by this group if the restrictions are lifted.”
Representatives of China and Russia opposed the extension of the weapons embargo on Iran suggested by the US.