Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova (Excerpts)

The Continuing US Administration’s Spin on Extending the Arms Embargo against Iran and Prospects for Maintaining the JCPOA
July 2, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


The United States continues to promote the introduction of an unlimited arms embargo on Tehran. We believe there are no objective reasons for raising this issue at the UN Security Council. The United States has neither the legal, nor any other grounds for using the UN Security Council’s powers in its self-serving interests.

The special procedure for supplying arms and military equipment to or from Iran envisaged by UNSC Resolution 2231 came as a temporary solution initially. Using it after October 18 was not planned.

A draft resolution on an indefinite arms embargo on Iran promoted by Washington at the UN Security Council is a set of restrictive measures which are in line with US policy of maximum pressure on Tehran. It touches on a range of matters that have nothing to do with resolving the situation related to the Iranian nuclear programme.

We consider introducing additional restrictions on Iran not only unjustified, but counterproductive from the point of view of the prospects for keeping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) intact. The main reason for the difficulties and failures in implementing the nuclear deal with Iran is the subversive activities by the US. It unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and continues to systematically violate UNSC Resolution 2231, and it also creates obstacles for its implementation by the conscientious participants.

We believe that doing business with Tehran from a position of force only prevents the JCPOA implementation process from returning to the originally agreed upon framework and stabilising the situation in the region in general.

In our opinion, the only possible way out of this difficult situation is to consolidate the efforts of the states participating in the nuclear deal and the entire international community to preserve the JCPOA by observing the commitments undertaken by all stakeholders. Now more than ever, it is important to protect legitimate cooperation with Tehran.