The Heat: U.S.-Iran Tensions

The Heat

Iran is celebrating what it believes is a diplomatic victory after the U.N. lifted a 13-year arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, allowing the nation to buy weapons without U.N. approval.

Moments after the announcement, the White House issued a statement of its own, threatening to slap sanctions on any country engaging in arms sales with Iran.

The United States tried and failed to extend the arms embargo back in August but the U.N. along with European allies-France, Germany, and the U.K. dismissed those efforts as having no legal basis.

That’s because the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

To discuss:

  • Hassan Ahmadian is Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Tehran
  • Maya Lester is International Sanctions Lawyer with Brick Court Chambers
  • Ian Black is visiting Senior Fellow, Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Barbara Slavin is Director and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council

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