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US pushes UN to extend arms embargo on Iran

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, has revealed that she shared a draft Security Council Resolution calling for the extension of the U.N. arms embargo against Iran “indefinitely” with her Russian, French, British, German and Estonian counterparts. The current embargo is set to expire on 18 October 2020.

At a press briefing on Friday, the American Representative to the World Body highlighted her efforts to ascertain that “everyone understands that (Washington is) committed to making certain that the U.N. Security Council does not allow (the arms embargo on Iran) to expire in October.”

Ambassador Craft further stressed the need for “Russia and China to join a global consensus on Iran’s conduct,” while underscoring that it is not only about “the people of Iran” but also about “the people in the Middle East.”

It is important to mention, however, that the bid by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump against Iran is likely to face some significant hurdles. As previously reported by TV7 last month, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia emphasized that Moscow will oppose any attempts by Washington to extend the arms embargo or reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran.