October 23. According to a report from the Russian Satellite Network on the 23rd, Iran’s ambassador to Russia Kazem Zalari recently stated that Iran does not intend to join the regional arms race after lifting the arms embargo.
According to reports, as to which weapons Iran plans to export after the arms embargo is lifted, and who Iran is negotiating with to purchase weapons, Zarari said, “Iran does not intend to join the regional arms race and has no plans in this regard. We will take action when deemed necessary according to our reasonable defense needs.”
The UN’s arms embargo on Iran can be traced back to Resolution 1747 adopted by the UN Security Council in March 2007. The resolution prohibits Iran’s exports of weapons and calls on all countries to be vigilant and restrained in exporting heavy weapons to Iran.
In July 2015, Iran and the six countries on the Iranian nuclear issue reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. The agreement and the subsequent resolution 2231 adopted by the Security Council both stated that the United Nations will maintain the arms embargo on Iran until five years after the Iran nuclear agreement comes into effect, that is, October 18, 2020.
On October 18, 2020, Iran announced that the five-year arms embargo imposed by the United Nations on Iran was officially lifted, which also means that Iran can freely purchase and export weapons from then on.