Russia and China will face isolation at the United Nations if they continue to block American draft UN Security Council resolutions on extending the arms embargo against Iran. This was reported to Reuters by the US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook.
“We are witnessing a growing gap between Russia and China and the international community,” he said.
“Russia and China were isolated [at the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA] last week and will be isolated at the Security Council if they continue on the path of dystopia,” added Hook, recalling that on June 19 the IAEA Board of Governors, despite objections Moscow and Beijing adopted a resolution on access to Iran’s two nuclear facilities. Russia and China could not block this decision, since they do not have veto power in the agency’s governing body, but they do have it in the UN Security Council, Reuters notes.
The United States has repeatedly demanded to extend the ban on arms supplies to Iran, which expires on October 18 this year in accordance with the terms of Tehran’s so-called nuclear deal with the USA, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany. Back in 2018, the American side announced its withdrawal from this agreement and threatened Iran with additional sanctions, Tehran, in turn, suspended the implementation of several points of the deal, under which, according to the conditions, the Iranian nuclear program should be seriously reduced (in particular, Iran should remove abroad most of the enriched uranium and stop work on its enrichment) in exchange for the removal of restrictive measures. Tehran says it is ready for further negotiations if Washington apologizes for withdrawing from the agreement and pays compensation.
Moscow insists that the arms embargo against Iran should be fully lifted after October 18. Now official deliveries of weapons to Tehran can be carried out only with the prior approval of the UN Security Council.
According to Kommersant, in 2016, that is, after the introduction of restrictions on the supply of weapons, Iran asked Russia for military equipment and weapons worth a total of eight billion dollars, but the UN Security Council and the lack of funds from Tehran prevented the conclusion of contracts.