Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability (Excerpts)

July 8, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

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Last week, a United Nations report confirmed that the weapons shipments the United States interdicted back in November of 2019 and then again in February of this year were of Iranian origin.  You’ll recall that when we said that, the Iranians denied it.  The UN has now confirmed this.  Iran is not abiding by the UN arms embargo restrictions that are due to expire in less than four months now.

Now, we have interdicted another shipment of weapons heading to the Houthis.

On June 28th, U.S. and partner forces interdicted a vessel off the coast of Yemen with illicit cargo including 200 RPGs, more than 1,700 AK rifles, 21 – 21 surface-to-air and land-attack missiles, several anti-tank missiles, and other advanced weapons and missiles.

The Security Council must extend the arms embargo on Iran to prevent further conflict in the region.  No serious person can possibly believe Iran would use any weapon it receives for peaceful ends.

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