TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei urged European countries not to continue the policy of appeasement of the United States because Washington’s demands know no boundaries.
Asked about the consequences of Europeans’ possible cooperation with the United States overextension of Iran arms embargo, Rabiei said that all the European countries know that the policy of appeasement of the US is a failed policy because the US demands know no boundaries, IRNA reported.
“We expect the Europeans not to continue this policy. By doing so, they are endangering the JCPOA and international peace, and further undermining Europe’s credibility as an independent actor”, he said.
He stressed that the Islamic Republic is concerned about the stance taken by the three European countries (Britain, Germany, and France) in the recent United Nations Security Council meeting on the issue of Iran arms embargo.
The United States has formally asked the 15-member Security Council to extend the UN embargo, which is set to expire on October 18 under the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
On June 30, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the arms embargo on Iran to be extended indefinitely, but his appeal fell flat at the United Nations Security Council, where Russia and China rejected it outright and close allies of the US were ambivalent.
Earlier, three European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal — Britain, France, and Germany – had expressed concern about lifting of Iran arms embargo.
“We recall that the EU embargoes on conventional arms exports and missile technology will remain in force until 2023,” they said.
Russia and China have said they oppose the US move and have questioned Washington’s right to use a disputed legal move to force a return of UN sanctions on Iran.
“Having quit the JCPOA, the US is no longer a participant and has no right to trigger a snapback at the Security Council,” Chinese envoy Zhang Jun told the Security Council session.
The US unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear agreement in May 2018 and illegally reimposed sanctions as part of what it calls a “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran.
Washington has claimed that it can trigger a “snapback” mechanism on UN sanctions and the arms embargo because it is still a signatory to the agreement in 2015.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Security Council the removal of arms restrictions was “an inseparable part” of the nuclear deal.
“Any attempt to change or amend the agreed timetable is thus tantamount to undermining Resolution 2231 in its entirety,” he said.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews