Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will use all resources at its disposal to prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining weapons systems from Russia and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“The United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons,” Pompeo said at an Aug. 20 press conference.
On this occasion, Pompeo said he had warned the U.N. that in 30 days the sanctions imposed on the Iranian regime, which had been lifted by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, would again come into force.
The United States does not accept Iran’s version that it only has a peaceful nuclear program.
“We will never allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo stressed.
The sanctions prohibit the Iranian regime from testing ballistic missiles and enriching nuclear material to produce atomic weapons.
The United States sought to extend indefinitely the embargo preventing the Iranian regime from buying and selling conventional weapons. But the request was rejected by the Security Council, the vote being blocked by Russia and the CCP, which have a right of veto, Euronews reported on Aug. 15.
Faced with Russia and the CCP blocking the continuation of U.N. sanctions on Iran’s arms purchases, the United States applied “snapback sanctions,” which enables restrictions to be applied unilaterally.
The U.S. concern also arose from Iran’s refusal to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections given its suspected undeclared nuclear activities.
The decision made by the Trump administration against the Iranian regime was widely supported by Republicans.
About 50 members, from both the House and the Senate, sent a letter to President Trump praising his decision on Aug. 21.
The Iranian regime was part of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program that includes the United States, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the CCP, and the European Union as of July 14, 2015.
The U.N. supported this agreement with Security Council Resolution 2231, the follow-up was done by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the JCPOA and unilaterally establish nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime.