Saudi, U.S. officials contact for extending U.N. arms embargo on Iran – Reuters

Saudi, U.S. officials contact for extending U.N. arms embargo on Iran – Reuters


Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks all through a joint news convention with U.S. Particular Consultant for Iran Brian Hook, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi and U.S. officials on Monday urged the intercontinental community to increase a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, declaring that allowing the ban expire would allow Tehran to even more arm its proxies and destabilise the location.

The thirteen-yr-outdated arms curbs on Iran are due to expire in October under the conditions of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with globe powers. Russia and China have signalled they oppose extending the embargo. Each wield vetoes on the U.N. Stability Council, which will make your mind up the make a difference.

“Despite the embargo, Iran seeks to provide weapons to terrorist groups, so what will occur if the embargo is lifted? Iran will turn into extra ferocious and aggressive,” Saudi minister of point out for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir informed a joint news conference with U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook in Riyadh.

Jubeir said a cargo of Iranian weapons certain for Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi motion was seized as recently as Sunday. A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis in Yemen for five several years.

The conference venue exhibited weapons, which includes drones and missiles, that Saudi authorities claimed have been employed in cross-border Houthi assaults on Saudi metropolitan areas and that ended up provided to the group by Tehran.

“We urge the intercontinental local community to increase the embargo on marketing arms to Iran and on Iran’s capacity to promote arms to the planet,” Jubeir said.

Iran denies arming groups in the Middle East, such as the Houthis, and blames regional tensions on the United States and its allies in the location.

Hook reported lifting the ban would “only embolden” Tehran, generate increased instability and set off a regional arms race.

“This is not an end result that the U.N. Stability Council can accept. The council’s mandate is obvious: to preserve worldwide peace and safety,” Hook added.

Reporting by Marwa Rashad Additional reporting by Alexander Cornwell and Lisa Barrington in Dubai Crafting by Ghaida Ghantous Editing by Mark Heinrich