Pompeo: US warns against danger of not extending arms embargo on Iran

Pompeo: US warns against danger of not extending arms embargo on Iran
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, US, July 15, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 July 2020

Pompeo: US warns against danger of not extending arms embargo on Iran

Pompeo: US warns against danger of not extending arms embargo on Iran
  • The secretary of state warned against the risk that China would sell weapons systems to Iran if the embargo is not extended

LONDON: The US warned on Wednesday against the danger of not extending the arms embargo on Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US’ European counterparts are very “concerned about what will happen if the arms embargo” expires on Oct. 18 and that there is enormous consensus that it should be extended.

The secretary of state also warned against the risk that China would sell weapons systems to Iran if the embargo is not extended.

“The work between Iran and the Chinese Communist Party may well commence rapidly and robustly on Oct. 19th if we’re not successful at extending the UN arms embargo,” Pompeo said.

He continued by warning that China would face US sanctions if there was “activity” between the Islamic and Communist republics. 
“The sanctions are clear. We have been unambiguous about enforcing them against our companies from allies, countries from all across the world. We would certainly do that with respect to activity between Iran and China as well,” he said.