Iran Says Will Sell More Arms than Buy after Embargo Lifted

W460

Iran on Monday said it is more inclined to sell weapons rather than buy them, after it announced the end of a longstanding UN conventional arms embargo.

Tehran said the ban imposed more than a decade ago was lifted "automatically" as of Sunday, based on the terms of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, from which the Islamic republic's arch-enemy the United States has withdrawn.

"Before being a buyer in the arms market, Iran has the ability to supply" other countries, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters.

"Of course, Iran is not like the United States, whose president seeks to sell deadly weapons to slaughter the Yemeni people," he added, referring to US weapons purchased by Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition in Yemen -- fighting Huthi rebels backed by Tehran.

The lifting of the embargo allows Iran to buy and sell military equipment including tanks, armoured vehicles, combat aircraft, helicopters and heavy artillery.

According to Khatibzadeh, Iran will "act responsibly" and sell weapons to other countries "based on its own calculations."

The embargo on the sale of arms to Iran was due to start expiring progressively from October 18, under the terms of the UN resolution that enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal.

However, Washington has argued that arms sales to Iran would still violate UN resolutions, and has threatened sanctions on anyone involved is such deals.

President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the nuclear deal and unilaterally begun reimposing economic sanctions on Iran in 2018.

Iran's defence minister Amir Hatami told state television on Sunday that his country relies primarily on its own military capabilities.

He said that the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s taught Tehran the "importance of self-reliance", and led it to "produce 90 percent of our defence needs locally."

Hatami added that "a number of countries" have contacted Iran on potential arms trade.

But he emphasised that "our sales will be much more expansive (than purchases)".

Comments 5
Thumb thepatriot 19 October 2020, 16:55

hahahahahahaha

Missing rabiosa 19 October 2020, 17:20

Sell more arms? Why you ran out of creating terror groups who you give the arms to for free?

Thumb s.o.s 19 October 2020, 19:04

Truly a theoterror regime.

Missing opinion101 19 October 2020, 21:46

I'm not a supporter of the iranian regime. They spread despair to the regionand their own people. However on the whole why can't they do what other countries do? BTW I'm not condoning any of it. Doesn't the US, UK etc sell arms and have nuclear weapons?

Thumb gebran_sons 19 October 2020, 23:31

On the path of North Korea: Great Slogans, medieval oppression, blackhole for freedom and democracy, intellectual and cultural desert, miserable population ... but Big Rockets!