Persian Gulf Cooperation Council pushes for extending Iran arms embargo

Middle East (IP) - The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council called for the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran.

Iran Press/Iran News: In a letter to the UN Security Council on Sunday, Secretary-General of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, has accused Iran of supporting terrorism and sectarian organizations.

Banning Iran from arms trade will lead to stability and security in the region, claimed Al-Hajraf without acknowledging that Saudi Arabia is one of the world's biggest arms purchasers, spending billions with the United States and the United Kingdom, in particular.

According to UNSC Resolution 2231, the UN arms embargo on Iran will end on October 18. Based on the reports, the US will offer the draft resolution of extending arms embargo in a UNSC session on Tuesday.

China and Russia have clearly announced that they will veto such a resolution, however, Foreign Policy has reported that Washington may even fail to attract the required 9 votes to pass the resolution in the first place.

The United States has started efforts to extend the embargo as a continuation of its anti-Iranian measures. Washington has also threatened that it might use the ‘snapback’ mechanism of the JCPOA if the UNSC rejects the resolution. This is while Washington has ‘ceased participation’ in the deal and, legally speaking, it is not able to use the JCPOA trigger mechanism.


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