Iran urges UNSC to defy US bid for arms embargo extension

Tasnim – Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations called on the UN Security Council to stand against the US’ “illegal and unhealthy” push to extend an arms embargo on Iran which is going to expire in October.

In a statement on Thursday, Iran’s UN mission said the draft US resolution, which was presented in clear violation of the UNSC Resolution 2231, is aimed at addressing the US’ domestic policy and has nothing to do with maintaining international peace and security.

“The US-proposed draft resolution targets the integrity, authority, and credibility of the Security Council and the United Nations, and multilateralism, the rule of law and diplomacy,” the statement said, Iran Press reported.

“To satisfy its deep addiction to impose sanctions and to justify its irresponsible behavior in the Security Council, the United States baselessly accuses Iran of fomenting instability in the region, while destructive behavior, divisive policies, and an insatiable appetite for exporting deadly weapons to West Asia are the main sources of instability, insecurity and human suffering in the region,” it added.

The US on Tuesday circulated a revised resolution that would extend the UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely.

Analysts say the US has no chance of winning support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition.

Iran has warned of decisive response to any extension of the arms embargo that will be terminated in October.