US will not let Iran purchase weapons from China, Russia, Pompeo says
BY FRENCH PRESS AGENCY – AFP
PARIS MID-EAST
SEP 15, 2020 5:54 PM GMT+3

US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday that Washington would stop Iran from buying “Chinese language tanks and Russian air protection techniques” as the top to a U.N. arms embargo towards Tehran approaches.

Whereas the European Union and U.N. disagreed with the U.S. resolution to withdraw from a world nuclear deal in 2018 and reimpose unilateral sanctions on Iran, Washington was appearing to “maintain the world protected,” he informed France Inter radio.

“We’re going to act in a means – and we’ve acted in a means – that may stop Iran from with the ability to buy Chinese language tanks and Russian air protection techniques and resell weapons to Hezbollah to undermine the very efforts that (French) President (Emmanuel) Macron is ably making an attempt to steer in Lebanon,” Pompeo mentioned.

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant group, has lengthy been focused by U.S. sanctions and is blacklisted as a “terrorist” group.

However it is usually a robust political participant with seats in parliament in Lebanon, the place the French president is in search of to foster political reform.

“It is irreconcilable that you’d allow Iran to have extra money, extra wealth and extra arms and nonetheless be working to attempt to assist disconnect Hezbollah from the catastrophe that they’ve created within Lebanon,” Pompeo mentioned.

The USA faces widespread opposition in a brand new bid to reimpose worldwide sanctions on Iran, which has been progressively stepping up its nuclear actions since Washington pulled out of the deal in 2018.

It additionally desires to increase the U.N. arms embargo on the nation expiring on Oct. 18.

“Whereas the EU has made a distinct resolution about that (nuclear) settlement, they share our concern concerning the extension of that arms embargo,” Pompeo mentioned.

The U.S., he insisted, would “proceed to defend the worldwide order to forestall the Islamic Republic of Iran from returning to its malign exercise” in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.

Iran earlier Tuesday warned the U.S. towards making a “strategic mistake” after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran over experiences it deliberate to avenge the killing of prime common Qassem Soleimani.