Pompeo Lashes Out at China-Iran Deal in Context of Expiring UN Arms Embargo on Iran
July 16, 2020 (EIRNS)—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed yesterday that if the U.S. fails to get the UN arms embargo on Iran extended, it will find other ways. The embargo is supposed to expire on Oct. 18, 2020. In particular, he lashed out at the 25-year strategic arrangement between Iran and China as a reason to maintain the embargo. “China will sell weapons systems to Iran,” if the embargo is not renewed and the pact goes through, he said, reported the U.A.E.’s The National. Pompeo is traveling to Europe next week, where he is expected to discuss the extension of the embargo with his European counterparts. He also said that Washington is soon to present another draft UN Security Council resolution to extend it for another five years, which he claimed that the Europeans favor. But if the Security Council fails to act, the U.S. is not closing the door on other options.