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UN arms em­bargo on Tehran gets au­to­mat­i­cally ter­mi­nated, says Iran

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Tehran, Iran - Iran said a long­stand­ing UN em­bargo on arms sales to and from the Is­lamic repub­lic ex­pired on Sun­day in line with a 2015 land­mark nu­clear deal with world pow­ers from which Wash­ing­ton has with­drawn.

Tehran, which could now pur­chase weapons from Rus­sia, China and else­where, has hailed the devel­op­ment as a diplo­matic vic­tory over its arch en­emy the United States, which had tried to main­tain an in­def­i­nite freeze on arms sales.

k’As of to­day, all re­stric­tions on the trans­fer of arms, re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and fi­nan­cial ser­vices to and from the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran... are all au­to­mat­i­cally ter­mi­nated,’ the For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment.

The em­bargo on the sale of con­ven­tional arms to Iran was due to start ex­pir­ing pro­gres­sively from Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18, un­der the terms of the UN res­o­lu­tion 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,’ the min­istry added in the state­ment sent out on Twit­ter.

It in­sisted that un­der the terms of the deal, struck with the United States, China, Bri­tain,

France, Ger­many and Rus­sia, ‘the lift­ing of arms re­stric­tions and the travel ban were de­signed to be au­to­matic with no other ac­tion re­quired’.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump with­drew his coun­try from the nu­clear deal in 2018 and has uni­lat­er­ally be­gun reim­pos­ing sanc­tions on Iran.

But Wash­ing­ton suf­fered a

set­back in Au­gust when it failed to win sup­port from the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to in­def­i­nitely ex­tend the arms em­bargo. It was ‘a mo­men­tous day for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’, the Ira­nian min­istry said on Sun­day, adding the world had stood with Tehran ‘in de­fi­ance of the US regime’s ef­forts’.

 ?? (AFP) ?? This file photo shows Ira­ni­ans vis­it­ing a weaponry and mil­i­tary equip­ment ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised on the oc­ca­sion of the 40th an­niver­sary of the Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion, in the cap­i­tal Tehran on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2019
(AFP) This file photo shows Ira­ni­ans vis­it­ing a weaponry and mil­i­tary equip­ment ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised on the oc­ca­sion of the 40th an­niver­sary of the Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion, in the cap­i­tal Tehran on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2019

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