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EU must accept consequences of backing Iran arms embargo extension

MNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi warned the European countries for backing US plan to extend arms embargo on Iran.

Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, he said that Foreign Minister Zarif will deliver a speech at UN Security Council session about Resolution 2231 on Tuesday through a video conference.

Mousavi said, “Iranian FM held two video conferences with his Chinese and Omani counterparts on issues of mutual interest in previous days.”

“He is scheduled to talk with his Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani through video conference today,” Mousavi added.

He went on to say, “Foreign Minister Zarif will address the Security Council on Resolution 2231 tomorrow.”

Referring to the US claim on activation of snapback mechanism, Mousavi said, “We have said that the United States has no right to use this mechanism,” adding, “The United States has no position to speak out about the issue after its withdrawal from JCPOA and violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.”

“Due to our negotiations with other parties, we believe that another defeat awaits the United States,” he stressed.

Stating that European troika’s view of extending Iran’s arms embargo for another three years is not acceptable by Iran, he said, “The approach of the West, especially the United States, about Iran’s defense capabilities is a security approach that we do not accept it.”

He went on to say that Iran is serious about its defense and missile capabilities, adding, “All the progress of Iran in the field of defense has been achieved during the period of sanctions which indicates that we do not care about sanctions.”

“The continuation of Iran’s arms embargo is contrary to Resolution 2231, and Europe must accept the consequences,” Mousavi stressed.