Iran says UN arms embargo has been lifted

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran said a longstanding United Nations (UN) embargo on arms sales to and from the Islamic republic expired yesterday in line with a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers from which Washington has withdrawn.

Tehran, which could now purchase weapons from Russia, China and elsewhere, has hailed the development as a diplomatic victory over its arch enemy the United States (US), which had tried to maintain an indefinite freeze on arms sales.

“As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran… are all automatically terminated,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The embargo on the sale of conventional arms to Iran was due to start expiring progressively from yessterday under the terms of the UN resolution that blessed the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers.