The U.N. Security Council rejected on Friday a United States resolution to extend a thirteen-years-old arms embargo on Iran due to expire in October.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.N. Security Council “failed today to uphold its fundamental mission set.”
“It rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms embargo on Iran and paved the way for the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell conventional weapons without specific U.N. restrictions in place for the first time in over a decade,” he said. “The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable.”
U.S. officials warned that the expiration of the embargo would allow Iran to buy fighter jets, attack choppers, tanks, submarines and missiles with a range of up to 300 km.