Pompeo Says U.S. to Seek U.N. Vote on Iran Arms Ban Next Week

Date: 2020-08-05 20:47:57

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. plans to hold a United Nations Security Council vote next week in its effort to extend the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.

“There are nations lining up to sell weapons that will destabilize the Middle East,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department on Wednesday. “We’re using every diplomatic tool we have in the toolkit.”

The U.S. circulated a draft resolution Tuesday that seeks to stop all sales of weapons to and from Iran, according to a copy of the text seen by Bloomberg News. The current ban on arms deals with Iran is set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2018, but the U.S. is pushing council members to extend the embargo indefinitely.

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