Lawmaker: Iran Legally Entitled to Trade Weapons
TEHRAN (FNA)- Vice-Chairman of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbas Moqtadayee said Iran will legally be free to start arms trade after UN bans are removed on Sunday without any legal impediment.
"In the years since the conclusion of JCPOA, the Islamic Republic of Iran has acted in accordance with international regulations, but a significant part of Iran's privileges and rights have not been realized by JCPOA participants states," he said while referring to the fact that Iran's arms embargo will end on October 18.
He pointed out that according to the JCPOA, the arms embargo on Iran will end soon, and Iran will be able to sell arms to interested and demanding countries, and in return, will be able to buy weapons and equipment that cannot be manufactured domestically.
"The United States has withdrawn from the JCPOA, and under no circumstances it can comment on issues related to Iran, including the end of arms embargo," Moqtadayee said.
He added that Iran is an independent country that has always complied with its international obligations and can now implement the actions that are allowed for it under international law.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran struck with six major powers - the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the US – a five-year UN conventional arms embargo on Tehran is set to expire on October 18.
The US, which abandoned that deal in May 2018, has been making every effort to force the UN members to extend the embargo. However, its bid was rejected in September by the majority of UN Security Council members.
In relevant remarks earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that October 18 is the day when the UN arms embargo against his nation will be expired to enable Tehran to start weapons trade.
“On the next Sunday, we will announce this good news to the nation that 10 years of the unjust arms embargo is lifted,” Rouhani said while addressing a cabinet session earlier today.
"We have fought the United States for four years over this issue. For four years the US did whatever it could to not let October 18 happen, but this day will come," he said, adding that this is because of the ‘resistance of the [Iranian] people’.
“As of Sunday, we will be able to sell our weapon to whomever we want and buy weapons from whomever we want.”
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the UN arms sanctions against his country will expire at midnight October 18, terming it a “historical defeat” for the US.
“The arms restrictions stated in resolution 2231 will expire at 3:30 morning of October 18 (Tehran time),” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
He described it as a historical defeat for Washington, saying despite all its bullying, tricks and illegal measures, the US has failed to attain its goal to extend the UN arms embargoes against Iran to indicate that Washington has lost its power.
“The inadmissible arms restrictions which had been imposed will be removed and Iran will act within the framework of a responsible government in a defensive position and its international and regional responsibilities,” Khatibzadeh said.
Earlier this month, Khatibzadeh had said that his country would start arms deals with other countries once the UN embargoes expire on October 18.
“Iran will act based on its right and needs and will start its interactions on the same day that the arms restrictions end,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
He said that despite the difficulties posed by arms sanctions against Iran in the past 40 years, the country’s young experts and specialists have been able to produce different weapons and military equipment.
Asked about military trade between Iran and Russia, Khatibzadeh said, “Certainly, the defense ministry will act based on its needs.”
His comments came after Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said that his country recognizes expiration of UN arms sanctions against Iran on October 18 and is ready to supply the country with its S-400 air defense system.
“We have said since the very first day that there will be no problem for selling weapons to Iran from October 19,” Dzhagaryan said in an interview with the Persian-language Resalat newspaper on Saturday.
He underlined that Russia does not fear the US threats and will remain committed to its undertakings, adding that Moscow is ready to study the Iranian side’s proposals on purchasing weapons from Russia after October 18.
“As you know we have provided Iran with S-300. Russia does not have any problem to deliver S-400 to Iran and it did not have any problem before either,” Dzhagaryan said.
After the removal of pre-nuclear-deal sanctions against Iran, Russia delivered S-300 air defense systems to the country under the existing contract.
Iran designed and developed its own version of the S-300 missile shield, named Bavar 373, after the Russians shrugged off delivery of their advanced missile defense system to Iran on the pretext of the UN Security Council sanctions.
The Iranian version has superior features over the original Russian model as it enjoys increased mobility, agility and reduced launch-preparation time.
Iranian commanders had earlier said that Bavar 373 is similar to its original Russian model and traces and intercepts high-altitude targets.