Intel: Trump administration seeks to extend UN arms embargo on Iran

Al-Monitor | : Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress today that the United States will appeal to the international community to extend the United Nations arms embargo on Iran that is set to expire in October under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“We’re hopeful that the Europeans will take seriously the risk of the Chinese weapons systems, Russian weapons systems, sold to Iran,” Pompeo testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “I am confident that they’re gearing up to deliver those weapons come October.”

Pompeo added that the United States will seek to “convince the Russians and the Chinese not to veto” a UN Security Council resolution to extend the embargo. His comments mirrored similar statements from the State Department’s top Iran diplomat, Brian Hook, at an exclusive Al-Monitor breakfast today.

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