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Tehran Mocks Saudi Support for US Push to Renew Iran Arms Ban as ‘Bitter Joke’

Tehran Mocks Saudi Support for US Push to Renew Iran Arms Ban as ‘Bitter Joke’
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By Staff, Agencies

Iran said it is bitterly sarcastic to witness certain warmongering Arab states throwing their weight behind the US drive to extend a UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, adding these states need to understand that submission to America will not make the region secure.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi made the comments in response to recent anti-Iran statements that top Saudi and Bahraini diplomats issued jointly with ‘US Special Representative for Iran’ Brian Hook.

"It is surprising to see states such as Saudi Arabia -- itself a source of terrorism, extremism and instability in the region by providing support to terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ‘ISIS/ISIL’] for years -- level baseless accusations at the Islamic Republic, which helped rid the regional countries of the mischief of such terror outfits," he said.

"It is a bitter joke that the countries, which have for more than five years shed the blood of thousands of Yemeni people, including women and children, support a request by the US representative, who toured the region [to gain support] for the extension of the arms embargo on our country."

Speaking at a news conference alongside Hook in Riyadh on Monday, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir claimed that Iran would "become more ferocious and aggressive" if the arms ban was lifted.

“We urge the international community to extend the embargo on selling arms to Iran and on Iran’s ability to sell arms to the world,” Jubeir said.

Later in the day, Hook traveled to Manama, where he issued a joint anti-Iran statement with Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani.

“In recognizing the grave threat posed by Iranian arms transfers in the region, and in Bahrain specifically, the United States and Bahrain call upon the United Nations Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran before it expires,” read the statement.

The Iran arms embargo -- in place since 2006/2007 -- is set to expire on October 18 under United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 that endorsed the country's 2015 nuclear deal.

The US, which unilaterally withdrew from the accord in May 2018, has recently circulated a draft resolution at the UNSC to keep the ban in place.

However, Security Council veto-holding powers Russia and China have already signaled their opposition to the US proposal.

"The time has come for these countries to stop making irrational rhetoric and blindly toeing the US line, a country which is itself an embodiment of oppression and injustice in the world, and come to the understanding that security will not be maintained through submission to the United States," Mousavi said.

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