By Sarah Keane • 18 October 2020 • 17:56
OFFICIALS in Iran have hailed it a ‘momentous day’ as the 13-year UN arms embargo is lifted.
The embargo was lifted on Sunday morning despite US protests and was in line with the five-year timetable set out in the Iran nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015.
The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zafir said: “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 minister called it a ‘momentous day’ as Iran is now free to purchase conventional weapons to strengthen the country’s security.
“Today’s normalisation of Iran’s defence cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” said Zarif.
However, the defence ministry said “unconventional arms, weapons of mass destruction and a buying spree of conventional arms” had no place in the country’s defence policy.
The European Union and the UK are to maintain a separate arms embargo on Iran despite the lifting of the UN one.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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