Iran's president, FM lash out at new U.S. push on arms embargo

Associated Press |
Published: 08.12.20 , 14:53
Iran's president and foreign minister lashed out on Wednesday at a revised proposal by the U.S. that would extend a UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, the latest in the Trump administration's maximum pressure policy against Iran.
The U.S. on Tuesday circulated the revised draft at the UN, seeking to gain more support in the 15-member Security Council where veto-wielding Russia and China have voiced strong opposition. The revised draft, which eliminated some provisions from the earlier version that diplomats said went beyond the extension of the arms embargo, may be put to a vote as early as Friday.
Still, with Russia and China sharply critical of the U.S. effort to indefinitely extend the arms embargo, the two will likely use their veto powers even if the draft got the minimum nine "yes" votes in the council, which appears unlikely.