Secretary of State Pompeo warned in a tweet accompanied by an animated countdown that “the clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends [in 2020]”. He added that “we urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilising behaviour”. The tweet linked to a State Department feature entitled “Time on Iran’s Restrictions is Running Out”, which posited that the end of the arms embargo “could start a new arms race in the Middle East and further destabilise the region and the world”.
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