Iran says United Nations arms embargo on Tehran has ended

Iran says UN arms embargo lifted, allowing it to buy weapons

Iran says UN arms embargo lifted, allowing it to buy weapons

Iran said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons buying spree as a United Nations conventional arms embargo was due to expire on Sunday despite strong USA opposition.

The embargo on conventional arms is due to expire on October 18 under the terms of a resolution that blessed the Iran nuclear deal, signed in July 2015 and officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that all restrictions on the transfer of arms were automatically terminated as of Sunday.

This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows Iranian troops participating in a military drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

However, Donald Trump's presidency in the U.S. has led to an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

However, the country also stressed that "unconventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a buying spree of conventional arms have no place in Iran's defense doctrine".

Teacher killed in France after showing blasphemous sketches in class
On Sunday, ministers who form France's defense council will meet to discuss the killing, while a public mourning event is planned. Authorities say the attacker was later shot dead by police after he didn't respond to commands to disarm and acted threateningly.

Western military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although concerns about its long-range ballistic missile program contributed to Washington leaving the Iran nuclear deal.

Despite pulling out of the deal, the Trump administration insists it is still a "participant" and can therefore go ahead with reimposing sanctions.

Earlier this year, the United States tried to campaign for the restoration of worldwide sanctions against Iran, in particular for the extension of the arms embargo, but all its draft resolutions were eventually rejected.

But the United States has been stepping up pressure on Iran.

In an exclusive interview with Russia's Interfax News Agency, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali talked about various issues such as the prospect of cooperation between Iran and Russian Federation in the military and technical sphere after the termination of the United Nations arms embargo, the collaboration in developing coronavirus vaccine, and Iran's stances on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a tweet that the worldwide community had "protected" the nuclear deal and Sunday marked the "normalization of Iran's cooperation with the world".

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