UN arms embargo ends against Iran An arms embargo imposed since 2007 by the UN Security Council (UNSC) ended Sunday, according to Iran’s foreign ministry.
All restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the UN member states previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are automatically terminated, the ministry said on its website.
“As of today, the Islamic Republic of Iran may procure any necessary arms and equipment from any source without any legal restrictions and solely based on its defensive needs, and may also export defensive armaments based on its own policies,” it said.
“Today is a momentous day for the international community, which in defiance of the U.S. regime’s efforts, has protected UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” it added, referring to the landmark nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers.
The US upped the ante against Iran since withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement in 2018, by reinstalling sanctions.
However, since the beginning of 2020, tensions have escalated alarmingly with the Trump administration announcing a "maximum pressure" campaign to choke Iran’s financial channels.
Last month, after a demand for an extension of the arms embargo was rejected by the Security Council, the US announced the reinstatement of all UN sanctions against Iran.
Maria Romas the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Absa Group twitted:
"Iran can now buy and sell conventional weapons, after more than a decade-old United Nations embargo on Tehran expires."
All restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the UN member states previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are automatically terminated, the ministry said on its website, according to Anadolu news agency.
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty stated that October 18 marks the end of a decade-old United Nations arms embargo against Iran after the United States failed to overcome opposition within the UN Security Council to get it extended -- including opposition from Washington's European allies.
Iran will once again be able to purchase and sell conventional weapons that include tanks, combat aircraft, and heavy artillery.
Despite opposition from the United States, a long-standing conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran has expired in line with the terms of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, according to Aljazira.
The embargo on the sale of arms to Iran was due to start expiring progressively from Sunday, under the terms of the UN resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers, TRT reported.
Reuters reported that Iran said it is self-dependent in defense and sees no arms buying spree as it expects the lifting of a United Nations arms embargo on Sunday despite strong US opposition.
On 18th October, the Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on termination of UNSC Security arms restrictions and travel ban, saying the definitive and unconditional termination of arms restrictions and travel bans requires no new resolution.