Deputy FM: US arms ban extension on Iran to kill JCPOA, stir new chaos in region

FNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand said the United States is attempting to destroy Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and cause turmoil in the region, adding that this irrational conduct will end in failure of nations in the region and beyond.

Bahravand referred to the recent efforts by the US to extend Iran’s arms ban (expiring in October), including the Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Brain Hook’s tour to the region, and said that these moves are aimed at destroying JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal) and making the region turbulent.

The regional and world countries shouldn’t be deceived by the US, he noted adding, “Americans know it well that Iran is a logical player and has never been a security threat for the regional nations.”

The official emphasized that Washington has propagated and behaved during the recent months in a bid to portray Iran as a threat to regional security and ultimately extend the arms sanctions against Tehran.

The US State Department, issuing a statement on Tuesday, announced that Hook is going to visit European officials, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The statement adds that Hook will start his tour from Estonia.

The US State Department added that Brian Hook will urge Washington’s allies in Europe to give positive vote on the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 regarding Iran’s arms embargo.

The statement went on to say that US official had travelled to Tunisia, Qatar and Kuwait to convince the officials of these three countries that Iran is a security threat in a bid to extend the arms ban against Iran.

Brian Hook had once said that the US’ effort to extend the arms sanctions on Iran is to counter what he called “Iran’s proxy job against American interests” in the region.

In mid-July, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the Group 4+1 (France, Britain, China and Russia plus Germany) that the US-desired extension of arms embargos against Tehran will deal a heavy blow to international laws and multilateralism.

“The G4+1 should know that today Iran’s interests or Iran’s relations with them or Iran’s relations with the regional states are not the only important issues,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

“If the G4+1 does not act precisely today and be influenced by the US, they will deal an essential blow to the international laws and rules and multilateralism, and this will harm everyone,” he added.

President Rouhani, meantime, said that the US has so far been defeated in its political and legal moves, expressing the hope that Washington’s failures would continue as a result of the G4+1 and other countries’ vigilance, and the damages inflicted on the nuclear deal would be repaired by the European states.

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