US will prevent Iran from getting Chinese, Russian arms

SpaceWar.com reports: “US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing ‘Chinese tanks and Russian air defence systems’ as the end to a UN arms embargo against Tehran approaches.

While the European Union and United Nations disagreed with the US decision to withdraw from an international nuclear deal in 2018 and reimpose unilateral sanctions on Iran, Washington was acting to ‘keep the world safe,’ he told France Inter radio.

‘We are going to act in a way — and we have acted in a way — that will prevent Iran from being able to purchase Chinese tanks and Russian air defence systems and resell weapons to Hezbollah to undermine the very efforts that (French) President Macron is ably trying to lead in Lebanon,’ Pompeo said.

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shiite militant group, has long been targeted by US sanctions and is blacklisted as a ‘terrorist’ organisation.

But it is also a powerful political player with seats in parliament in Lebanon, where the French president is seeking to foster political reform…”

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