İrem UZUN -TDO- The United States is pressing ahead with plans to push for the extension of a UN arms embargo against Iran that is due to expire in two months under the 2015 nuclear deal, but it is likely to face stiff opposition from other nations, including Russia and China. The top diplomat told reporters at the State Department that the measure is "eminently reasonable," vowing "one way or another we will do the right thing."
The embargo is set to expire Oct. 18 under the nuclear deal with Iran that Washington exited under US President Donald Trump. U.S. Secretary Pompeo said there are "nations lining up" to sell Iran weapons that will "destabilize the Middle East, put Israel at risk, put Europe at risk, risk American lives as well. We're not going to let it happen." Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, on the other hand, warned of "consequences" if the UN Security Council backs the new American resolution. "We have great hopes that America will fail," Rouhani told a televised meeting of his cabinet. "We have great hopes that America will realize its failure and see its isolation."
The United States is expected to formally table the resolution on Monday, with plans to put it to a vote on Tuesday, according to UN-based diplomats. Meanwhile, China and Russia have made clear they would veto the U.S. resolution. Washington lacks the minimum nine votes it needs for a resolution to be adopted in the Security Council.