The UN Security Council on Friday will vote on a US resolution extending the 13-year arms embargo on Iran – a resolution that is likely to fail but not end US efforts to extend the arms embargo.
The United States is pushing for the council to extend the arms embargo, which expires in October as part of the Iran 2015 nuclear deal – formally known as the Joint Joint Action Plan (JCPoA).
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On Tuesday she introduced an updated draft resolution that would simply extend the embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise”;. Council members voted on the resolution remotely and the result is expected to be announced at approximately 6:30 ET.
Far from certain that the US will get the nine votes it needs to pass the council, and even if it does, it faces an almost certain veto from China and Russia, which have backed Iran’s ability to do so. entered the gun.
“The United States has been engaged in trust diplomacy for months,” US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday. “The draft we have presented today takes into account the views of the Council and takes into account what everyone knows needs to be done – extend the arms embargo to prevent Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons freely. It only makes sense that the state sponsor world number one terrorism should not be given the means to inflict even greater damage on the world. “
European countries in particular have expressed their continued support for the deal and may vote against the U.S. resolution for fear that the Iranians would leave the deal altogether.
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U.S. officials, meanwhile, have warned that the expiration of the embargo will allow Iran to buy fighter jets, attack bombers, tanks, submarines and missiles with a range of up to 300 km.
Ahead of the vote, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Vienna, where he met with the head of the UN nuclear watchdog, that it would be “nuts” to allow the embargo to expire.
“We cannot allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons. I mean, these are just nuts,” he said.
The United States withdrew from the JCPoA in 2018, but has argued that it retains rights under UN Resolution 2231, which included the agreement – and allows individual nations to “catch back” sanctions including an arms embargo.
The administration has imposed sanctions on Iran since 2018, as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign set up to stop Tehran funding terrorism in the region and elsewhere.
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The Trump administration has made it clear that if the solution does not reach a solution, it intends to use photography or other methods to extend the embargo.
“We have made it very clear that the US will use every tool in our toolbox to ensure that the arms embargo is renewed,” Craft told Fox News “The Story” on Monday.
Ben Evansky, Rich Edson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.