Extending arms embargo against Iran means death of nuclear deal

The US considers it necessary to extend the arms embargo agains Iran; Tehran has already made it clear that this means the death of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), RISS expert Marianna Bakonina says. "In an attempt to push through the resolution, Washington have converted this situation into a kind of circus performance. But the resolution is opposed not only by America's opponents, but even by its allies," she added.

The US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and the head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, travelled to the Middle East for meetings in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Bahrain to discuss Washington's claim that Tehran is a threat to the region. But the German representative to the UN security Council said that the German government regretted Trump's decision to withdraw the nuclear deal; and the representative of China called on the US to to fulfill its international obligations.

If Beijing or Moscow vetoes the resolution, the US then will extend international sanctions against Iran. In Washington's opinion, Iran allegedly refused to fulfill part of its obligations under the nuclear deal. "The situation looks very funny, since it was the Americans who first withdrew from the deal, and only a year after that, Iran began to gradually reduce its obligations under the JCPOA. Trump is seeking to sit on two chairs: he doesn't want to implement its obligations under the agreement, but at the same time he aims to preserve all the rights that this agreement provides. Thus, extension of the arms embargo against Iran is just a Trump's political show," Bakonina outlined.

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