The United States threatens Iran with military force to stop the Islamic Republic from acquiring nuclear weapons.
US envoy for Iran Brian Hook made the comments while on a visit to the Middle East aimed at winning support from US allies to extend a 13 year United Nations arms embargo against Iran.
Saudi Arabia and Israel are behind the American effort, while there’s significant resistance from other nations.
Earlier in the week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the case for an extension to the UN Security Council where he received a frosty reception.
China and Russia, both veto-wielding members, say they’re against reimposing the arms embargo on Iran.
- Abdallah Al-Mouallimi is the Saudi Ambassador to the UN.
- Mohammad Marandi is Chair of American Studies at the University of Tehran.
- John Limbert is former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran.
A Chinese envoy asks the United States to stop its illegal unilateral sanctions on Iran, and voices opposition to U.S. push for an extension of the UN arms embargo against Iran. pic.twitter.com/E1iYs1o9Dc
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 30, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an arms embargo on Iran to be extended indefinitely, but his appeal fell flat at the United Nations Security Council, where Russia and China rejected it outright and close American allies were ambivalenthttps://t.co/TYz4mhsE1H
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2020