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Rouhani warns against extension of Iran arms embargo

President Hassan Rouhani urged the remaining signatories of the Iran nuclear deal to stand up for multilateralism by rejecting US calls for the extension of an arms embargo against Tehran.
Iran's envoy to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo speaks during a Security Council meeting after a vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York on July 20, 2015. The UN Security Council on July 20, unanimously adopted a resolution that will clear a path for international sanctions crippling Iran's economy to be lifted. On condition that Iran respects the agreement to the letter, seven UN resolutions passed since 2006 to sanction Iran will be gradually terminated, according to the text.

“It is about safeguarding international law and multilateralism,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in reference to the October expiry of an Iran arms embargo, as set in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as well as UN Resolution 2231.

Rouhani’s televised July 15 address came as the United States was in the middle of an intense and challenging campaign to get the UN Security Council to vote on extending the embargo. The Islamic Republic has been working relentlessly to counterbalance the US push by seeking support from the remaining JCPOA signatories, China and Russia in particular. In the opening of a series of US-called Security Council meetings on the matter in late June, the members emphasized the need to preserve the JCPOA.

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