Saudi and U.S. officials on Monday urged the international community to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran, saying that letting the ban expire would allow Tehran to further arm its proxies and destabilize the region.
The 13-year-old arms curbs on Iran are due to expire in October under the terms of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Russia and China have signaled they oppose extending the embargo. Both wield vetoes on the UN Security Council, which will decide the matter.
"Despite the embargo, Iran seeks to provide weapons to terrorist groups, so what will happen if the embargo is lifted? Iran will become more ferocious and aggressive," Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir told a joint news conference with U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook in Riyadh.