WASHINGTON: The United States threatened to impose new sanctions to prevent foreign arms trade with Iran after the expiration of the UN arms embargo against Tehran.
“We will return to the United Nations to reimpose sanctions so that the arms embargo will become permanent next week,” US Secretary of State Miake Pompeo said during a press briefing with visiting British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. The United States will “do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced,” Pompeo added.
All UN sanctions against Iran will be restored on Saturday evening, Elliott Abrams, US special representative for Iran and Venezuela, said later in the day. Abrams also noted that details of the sanctions enforcement measures will be announced on Monday.