Tehra has hit back at a US threat of sanction on anyone looking to make deals with Iran after the arm embargo on its military expired, saying Washington’s threat showed the futility of the US action and rhetoric on sanctions.
After the conventional arms embargo on Iran ended on Sunday despite Washington’s opposition, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, warned of consequences for any individuals or entities that conduct arms deals with Iran.
Defence Minister, Amir Hatami, said Iran would only sell weapons to countries that will use them strictly for defense purposes.
The US tried to stop the lifting of the arms embargo on Iran twice at the United Nation Security Council, UNSC.
In August, it introduced a resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo while in September it claimed it unilaterally reinstated US sanctions on Iran including the arms embargo.
On both occasions, the UNSC rejected the moves, saying they have no legal basis.