Selin ATAY-TDO-  Iranian officials say embargo extension will be in violation of provisions of joint comprehensive plan of action.

The ongoing debate about UN arms embargo on Iran is increasingly becoming a new bone of contention between Tehran and Washington, with latter vigorously seeking its extension and former warning against it.

In recent weeks, with calls growing in the U.S. for extension of the 13-year embargo on Iran, which expires on October 18, top Iranian officials have warned of “serious consequences”.

“The U.S. government will introduce a UN Security Council resolution in next handful of days to prevent the embargo from expiring”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an interview on Sunday, said.

“It will allow the Chinese and the Russians to sell weapons systems to Iran and then allow Iran to sell those weapons systems and other arms around the world as well,” Mike Pompeo warned.

On the other hand, Iranian officials say the move will be in violation of the provisions of the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal which negotiated between Iran and P5+1 countries in 2015.

Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian president’s chief of staff, said the attempt by U.S. officials to “impose their will” upon the United Nations Security Council members to extend arms embargo on Iran violates the “most basic rules approved by the international community” and it is an “insult to its independence of opinion and political will.”

Mahmoud Vaezi said lifting the arms embargo on Iran is one of the main obligations of the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), “without which it will not continue”.

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