Pompeo warns any arms sales to Iran will result in sanctions as embargo expires

Pompeo warns any arms sales to Iran will result in sanctions as embargo expires

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo knocks Turkey in NATO speech: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates US to temporarily withdraw some embassy personnel in Baghdad: report MORE said Sunday that the U.S. will levy sanctions for selling arms to Iran even as the United Nations embargo against sales to the nation expires.

“The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“For the past 10 years, countries have refrained from selling weapons to Iran under various U.N. measures,” Pompeo added. “Any country that now challenges this prohibition will be very clearly choosing to fuel conflict and tension over promoting peace and security.”


The embargo expired Sunday, although heavy U.S. economic sanctions remain in place. The U.S. has pushed the U.N. Security Council to pass an extension of the embargo but the council voted down the proposal in August, according to The Associated Press.

Following the failure of the resolution, the U.S. moved to trigger “snapback” sanctions on the country unilaterally.

“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared since the U.S. exited the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018.

Relations reached a head in January after the U.S. killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, in a Baghdad drone strike. Iran responded by launching a missile attack on an Iraqi airbase housing U.S. troops.