Iran: “Arms embargo on us removed”

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Iran today (Sunday) announced the end of the arms embargo imposed on the country by the UN Security Council in 2007, in order to put pressure on the Tehran government to abandon its military nuclear program.

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Senior regime officials noted the event and referred to it as a diplomatic victory for Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zari tweeted on his Twitter page that: “The normalization achieved today of cooperation with Iran in the field of defense is a victory for the principle of reciprocity, peace and security in our region.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on state television claiming that Tehran does not now intend to carry heavy weapons. “Iran’s defense doctrine relies on manpower and domestic production capacity. The purchase of weapons of mass destruction or the campaign to acquire foreign weapons has no place in our defense doctrine.”

Despite allegations from Tehran, Iran has already expressed its desire to purchase state-of-the-art Chinese J-10 fighter jets for its outdated air force and a S-400 Russian air defense system that could make it more difficult to carry out air strikes against nuclear targets in the country. Such a deal is indeed being considered by Moscow.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week referred to the lifting of the embargo and said: “I congratulate our people on the lifting of the cruel arms embargo on us, after ten years of repression, we will have no such restrictions. We fought against the United States for four years and now in desperation they knock Another door in an attempt to preserve the embargo. “

“From Sunday we can sell and buy weapons to whomever and whoever we want. For those who are wondering what the government has done for the people of Iran, it is an unprecedented achievement for the government’s diligence and hope and our long patience,” Rouhani added.

Brigadier General Yossi Kuperwasser, a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public and State Affairs and former Chief of Staff at the Israel Defense Forces, explained that: “The alleged end of the arms embargo on Iran on October 18, as required by the JCPOA, will allow Iran Purchase and export unlimited weapons. This is despite the fact that Iran is blatantly and openly violating all its obligations under the agreement. “

“Iran is likely to strive to quickly implement advanced arms procurement deals, particularly from Russia and China, with an emphasis on air defense (S-400), which will improve the defense of nuclear facilities, and components that will improve their missile capabilities, which are expected to carry nuclear weapons in the future.” “These deals in the immediate term are low, both due to Iran’s economic difficulties and in the face of US pressure.”
Defense Minister Bnei Gantz addressed the issue on his Twitter account and wrote: “With the end of the arms embargo on Iran, we must be stronger and more determined than ever. Iran has never been an Israeli problem, but first and foremost a global and regional problem. As Defense Minister I will continue to lead “Iran is spreading and arming itself with our old and new partners. All countries of the world need to embark on this important effort.”

Lilach Shoval participated in the preparation of the article







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