Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that “we see the Islamic Republic of Iran for what it is: an aggressor, not a victim. We’ve gone full bore on our maximum pressure campaign… there’s more work to do. The Security Council must renew the UN arms embargo before it expires on 18 October”. “Should the Security Council fail to act, Iran will have a freer hand to sow destruction across the Middle East, and indeed the world”, Pompeo warned, further underscoring that if that were to happen “we have the capacity to execute snapback and we’re going to use it in a way that protects and defends America”. In related comments, a senior Iranian official contended that “lifting Iran’s arms embargo is one of the JCPOA’s most important commitments… JCPOA will not continue without lifting Iran’s arms embargo”.
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