Conventional arms embargo on Iran set to end: What’s next? | Middle East


Tehran, Iran – An international conventional arms embargo on Iran, imposed 13 years ago by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), will officially end on Sunday.

It means Iran will be legally able to buy and sell conventional arms, including small arms, missiles, helicopters and tanks.

The arms embargo ends as part of Resolution 2231 of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018, with President Donald Trump calling it “the worst deal ever”, and has since imposed waves of harsh economic sanctions on Iran.

The US and Israel have vehemently opposed the end of the arms embargo and have repeatedly tried to stop it.

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