The Heat: Iran arms embargo

The Heat

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency on June 24, 2020, shows President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. – Iran’s president warned that the UN nuclear watchdog risks losing its independence after it adopted a resolution urging access to two sites alleged to have hosted past nuclear activities. (Photo by – / Iranian Presidency / AFP)

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 reimpos​ing the arms embargo on Iran.

To discuss:

    • 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.

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