Saudi, U.S. officials call for extending United Nations arms embargo on Iran

EU must accept consequences of backing Iran arms embargo extension

Hook met with UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak.

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the USA drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad early this year.

Iran has also gone on the diplomatic offensive, asking INTERPOL on Monday to issue a "Red Notice" for several USA officials, including Trump.

Trump imposed heavy sanctions on the Islamic republic after he withdrew the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers - in 2018.

Iran would likely seek to purchase fighter jets, tanks, naval assets, and other weapons from China and Russian Federation to rebuild its aging military hardware.

U.S. officials say Iran is working to obtain nuclear-capable missiles, a claim Iran denies.

"The continuation of Iran's arms embargo is contrary to Resolution 2231, and Europe must accept the consequences", Mousavi stressed.

Iranian authorities accuse Trump of orchestrating the assassination of Maj.

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In a report this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations has determined that Iran was the source for several items in two arms shipments seized by the USA, and for debris left by attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations and an worldwide airport.

The U.S. special representative to Iran, Brian Hook, told AP Sunday the world should ignore Iran's threats to retaliate if the arms embargo is extended, calling it a "mafia tactic".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last week of a return of United Nations sanctions on Iran if the Security Council fails to extend an embargo.

The administration has won only tepid support from allies, and European countries are expected to present a counter-proposal that would extend at least parts of the embargo for six months.

The United States is now reserving the right to activate the "snapback" mechanism, which would restore UN sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo.

Hook, who was in Saudi Arabia on June 29, said lifting the ban would "only embolden" Tehran to spread greater instability and trigger a regional arms race. It is not clear if either the US or Russian Federation and China would support such a proposal.

Ravanchi said restoring United Nations sanctions will end the 2015 nuclear deal and release Tehran from all its commitments. "All options for Iran will be open".

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