2021-January-26 22:47
2020-October-21  14:00

Iran's EU Mission: Tehran Never to Join Regional Arms Race

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Mission in the European Union said that the country would not join arms race in the region, warning that the region has already turned into a depot of American arms.

Iran’s EU Mission wrote in a post on its official Twitter page that Tehran does not want to engage in the arms race in West Asia, adding that the region has been filled with American “beautiful weapons”.

The tweet also lashed out at the duplicitous US approach of spending billions of dollars on arms trade while shedding crocodile tears on the termination of arms embargo against Iran.

In another Twitter post, Iran’s EU mission censured Saudi Arabia’s exorbitant expenses on weapons while its hands are stained with the blood of tens of thousands of the Yemeni women and children.

It went on to say that Riyadh has actually turned the region into an arms depot ready to explosion at any moment.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country is not going to rush into an arms race despite the removal of UNSC sanctions, stressing that the security of the region can be achieved only through the cooperation of the regional states rather than begging from trans-regional powers, led by the US, who is the biggest arms seller to the region.

Zarif made the remarks on Tuesday in an address to a UN Security Council meeting held upon the Russian Foreign Ministry initiative.

He underlined the necessity of convergence among the regional nations for reaching security, peace and stability, and noted that sustainable peace and security can be attained only via regional collaboration regardless of the external players.

Iran’s top diplomat censured the US as the number one seller of lethal weapons to some of the regional regimes, stressing that security, unlike weapons and ammunitions, cannot be purchased.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that the UN Security Council’s arms restrictions against Tehran have all been terminated in defiance of the United States’ efforts.

“As of today [October 18, 2020], all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated,” a statement by the Foreign Ministry said.

The longstanding UN ban on the sale of arms from/to Iran is terminated under the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.

“As of today, the Islamic Republic 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,” the Foreign Ministry added.

The statement made it clear that “the lifting of arms restrictions and the travel ban were designed to be automatic with no other action required.”

The Foreign Ministry said October 18 is “a momentous day for the international community,” praising the world for standing with Tehran “in defiance of the US regime’s efforts.”

The administration of US President Donald Trump suffered an embarrassing loss on August 14 as it failed to renew the Iranian arms embargo through a resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Russia and China voted against the motion and the remaining 11 council members, including France, Germany and the UK, abstained.

Following the humiliating failure, the United States vowed to use its “secondary” sanctions to block any arms trades with Tehran after the expiry of the UN ban.

Moscow said in September that it was ready to boost its military cooperation with Tehran, while Beijing has also spoken of its willingness to sell arms to Iran after October 18.