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Iran Officials Make Conflicting Remarks On Consequences Of Extending Arms Embargo

Iranian troops march on the 39th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war before shrine to the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. FILE Photo

While the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi has said that nothing will be left of the 2015 nuclear deal if the UN security Council extends the arms embargo against Iran beyond October 2020, President Hassan Rouhani's Spokesman, Ali Rabiei, says Iran is not planning to withdraw from the nuclear deal.

Based on the multilateral accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran should be allowed to buy and sell weapons five years after signing the JCPOA by October 2020.

However, the United States has prepared the draft of a UN Security resolution which calls for extending the arms embargo indefinitely.

Monday, May 4, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in Tehran that "Ending the arms embargo is one of the achievements of the JCPOA for Iran," adding that "Preventing Tehran from benefitting from this advantage will prompt Iran to show a swift reaction and Iran will implement the decisions it has made in this regard."

However, later on Monday, Ali Rabiei reiterated that Iran has not decided to leave the JCPOA, although he stressed that "Violation of the JCPOA by the UN Security Council will not be tolerated and the Islamic Republic of Iran will take action to meet its requirements."

Iran's security chief Ali Shamkhani had warned on Sunday that "the extension of the arms embargo against Iran at the UN Security Council will lead to the "eternal death" of the JCPOA.