President Rouhani reiterated that “with the continuation of the JCPOA, Iran’s arms embargo will be lifted next year and we will achieve a major political, security and defence goal… we can easily buy or export our required weapons, which is one of the major effects of the nuclear deal”. He added that “we must think and find out where the interests of the country are. Is it in our best interest to be 100 per cent committed to the deal while the other sides stay idle vis-à-vis it? Definitely not. So we chose a path in between”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted by asserting that “President Rouhani’s best pitch for Iran staying in the disastrous Iran deal is that it lets the Islamic kleptocrats that lead that country buy and sell drones, missiles, tanks, jets and more. He will get his wish, unless the UN Security Council extends the arms embargo before it expires 18 October 2020”.
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