Iran’s Rouhani hopeful US arms embargo push will fail

TEHRAN (HRNW) – Iran s President Hassan Rouhani expressed “great hopes” Wednesday that a US bid to extend an arms embargo on his country will fail, warning of consequences if the UN Security Council backs it.

Rouhani s remarks came after Iran s ambassador to the United Nations said the US would have to redraft its proposed resolution on the issue after being “rebuffed” by Security Council members.

“We have great hopes that America will fail,” Rouhani told a televised meeting of his cabinet.

The ban on selling weapons to Iran is set to be progressively eased from October under the terms of Resolution 2231, which blessed the Iran nuclear deal that world powers agreed in July 2015.

But a UN embargo on materials and technology that Iran could use for its ballistic missile programme is to remain in place until 2023.

The European Union has said it will continue to enforce its own embargo against Iran after the lifting of the first UN restrictions.

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