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As UN Arms Embargo Expires, Iran Celebrates “Clear Reality” Of US Defeat

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Today the United Nations weapons embargo on Iran expires which has been in effect for 13 years but was negotiated to end on Oct.18 as a key stipulation of the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) brokered under Obama. The Trump administration has tried to fight the expiration of the embargo tooth and nail while claiming authority to enact snap back sanctions.

Iranian officials on Sunday hailed it as a “clear reality” of the defeat of the US on this front, with the ambassador to to the UK quoted in state-run IRNA saying, “Today the international community once again expressed support for multilateralism and openly opposed to the U.S. attempt to prevent the implementation of one of the significant achievements of international diplomacy.”

He underscored that “The US has been defeated in its diplomacy and this is a clear reality.”

As UN Arms Embargo Expires, Iran Celebrates "Clear Reality" Of US Defeat
Weaponry exhibition in Tehran, via AFP

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also celebrated the ‘victory’. He said on Twitter it was a “momentous day” as it marks the “normalization” of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world.

“A momentous day for the international community, which— in defiance of malign US efforts—has protected UNSC Res. 2231 and JCPOA,” Zarif wrote in a Twitter post.

“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of course was quick to assert this is not the reality, telling Newsweek the US stands ready to act with swift retribution against any country poised to transfer arms to Iran:

“The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms,” he said.

In the past months both Russia and China have strongly hinted that they’ll be among the first to do weapons deals with Iran.

Given the poor state of relations between the US and both these countries, which can be argued has reached a low point in recent history with both, there appears little leverage that Washington has at this point to prevent such transfers from these two major powers eager to show their cooperative defiance.

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I wonder if there is still time for Armenians to test some Iranian toys.

Potato Man

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They might sell some weapons, who knows.


“The US has been defeated in its diplomacy and this is a clear reality.”

The reality is that the US diplomacy for decades as been the ‘Gunboat Variety of diplomacy’.


They better jump on acquiring whatever weapons they need, at least for the air force. Whether it’s upgrading the aging F-5 fleet to the same capabilities the F-20 Tigershark had (provided they havent been able to) and/or if they need MiGs or Sukhois for that matter

Chris Chuba

I do wonder if Trump’s U.S. will go full psycho in a lame duck session and attack thinking ‘this is our last chance’. I’ve been reading multiple articles on Neocon portals predicting that China is going to attack because their window of opportunity is shrinking. That argument is so pre-posterous, it wreaks of projection. Funny how so many posters buy it. It makes no sense.

johnny rotten

As you make your bed, so you must lie in it, Trump leaving the treaty he gave himself a hammer on his balls, now he can only take it out on himself.


This should be a game changer. As far as Iran has come on it’s own. Being able to acquire even better equipment to augment the good equipment that it already has. Should put it in a much better position to counter the Jew world order miscreants from a position of strength

Fog of War

I’ll celebrate when I see a flood of high tech weaponry flowing into Iran, not a day sooner.


Good, now sell them some Su-57s and J-10s to really piss the Washington war hawks off.


disunited states of A fails again (and not better). venezuela, libya, syria, north korea and iran. the parasites in palestine are more and more isolated to a point where not even the washington cabal of morons can save them. so in the eye of the beholders, can it be better- pompeo fretting himself into an ulcer and trump starts chewing the carpets (like hitler) and netanyahu, well he’ll soon be lampposted once and for all.



After Iran acquired S400 air defense, and SU35, J10/J31/ JF17 fighter jets, a few modern submarines, that will deny USM & Israel any win at Straits of Homlz.

Since China has a $400B deal with Iran, they can bypass US Swift USD sanction by direct barter trade of oil for China’s weapons & industrial products.


Iran under USNato crushing sanction, has managed to rank No.9 in global patent filing 2014 proving its capability. They will dev well with China partnership & BRI. At least Chinese is not known to throw allies under bus like EU & India did to Iran & Venezuela oil supply on US unilateral illegal sanction demand.

Ivan Freely

Disappointed that there was no immediate announcement of a signed contract.

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