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Saudi Arabia issues desperate call for extension of anti-Iran UN arms ban

Iran Press TV

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 10:05 AM

The Saudi regime has issued a desperate call for the extension of a UN arms embargo against Iran only days after the UN Security Council said a resounding 'No' to a US resolution seeking an illegal extension of the embargo.

The cabinet, chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, demanded the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, alleging that the removal of the sanctions will lead to "more destruction" and further fuel conflicts in the Middle East region.

It also pledged the kingdom's support for all international measures that contribute to stopping Iran's regional clout.

The Security Council on Friday rejected a US resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six other world countries.

Besides the US, only one of the Council's 15 members – the Dominican Republic – voted in favor of the US-drafted resolution, which had the support of the Saudi regime and its allies at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The vote highlighted the division between Washington and its European allies since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Iran's nuclear accord, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and has been endorsed by Security Council Resolution 2231, in May 2018.

Prior to the session, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the UN Abdul Aziz al-Wasel had called for the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, claiming that Tehran funnels weapons to certain groups to disturb the peace in the Middle East.

The allegations come despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is known to be actively supporting and aiding the Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc across the region.

Moreover, the oil-rich conservative kingdom has been engaged in a bloody campaign against neighboring Yemen since March 2015 with the aim of reinstating a Riyadh-friendly former government there.

The Riyadh regime has not been alone in the atrocious campaign. It has been flanked by regional allies and enjoys arms supplies from its Western backers.

Over 100,000 people have been killed, according to some semi-official figures.

The war has also destroyed and shut down Yemen's infrastructure. The Yemeni population has been subjected to large-scale hunger and diseases aggravated by the naval blockade imposed on the country by the coalition of aggressors.

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