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14 August 2020

A U.S. resolution on extending UN arms restrictions on Iran failed at the Security Council. The vote was two in favour, two opposed, with eleven abstentions. Secretary of State Pompeo declared that “the Security Council's failure to act decisively in defence of international peace and security is inexcusable... We will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic terror regime does not have the freedom to purchase and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and beyond”. The U.S. ambassador to the UN stated that “the U.S. stands sickened – but not surprised – as the clear majority of Council members gave the green light to Iran to buy and sell all manner of conventional weapons”. She further underscored that “under Resolution 2231, the U.S. has every right to initiate snapback... in the coming days, the U.S. will follow through on that promise to stop at nothing to extend the arms embargo”. 

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