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US won't let Iran buy weapons from China, Russia, Pompeo says
BY FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
PARIS MID-EAST
SEP 15, 2020 5:54 PM GMT+3

US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing "Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems" as the end to a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran approaches.

While the European Union and U.N. disagreed with the U.S. 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 defense systems and resell weapons to Hezbollah to undermine the very efforts that (French) President (Emmanuel) Macron is ably trying to lead in Lebanon," Pompeo said.

Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant group, has long been targeted by U.S. sanctions and is blacklisted as a "terrorist" organization.

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


"It's irreconcilable that you would permit Iran to have more money, more wealth and more arms and still be working to try and help disconnect Hezbollah from the disaster that they have created inside of Lebanon," Pompeo said.

The United States faces widespread opposition in a new bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran, which has been progressively stepping up its nuclear activities since Washington pulled out of the deal in 2018.

It also wants to extend the U.N. arms embargo on the country expiring on Oct. 18.

"While the EU has made a different decision about that (nuclear) agreement, they share our concern about the extension of that arms embargo," Pompeo said.

The U.S., he insisted, would "continue to defend the international order to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from returning to its malign activity" in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.

Iran earlier Tuesday warned the U.S. against making a "strategic mistake" after President Donald Trump threatened Tehran over reports it planned to avenge the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani.

 

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This is why US should have united humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when US had nukes and no other country did. Any other country would have done so when presented with an opportunity like that which would never come again. Now China and Russia have nukes. US cannot unite the world under 1 flag even if it wanted to.

Pompeo threatening China and Russia is useless because US refused to unite humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when it had a one chance to do so.
 

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This is why US should have united humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when US had nukes and no other country did.
Are you really so stupid as to suggest that the US should have nuked everyone out of existence unless they totally succumbed to US hegemony? Surely you are not confusing America with Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan ...
 

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I really believe Iran is in imminent danger. I am praying for Iranian people.

Whenever US gets a little arrogant about weapons, aircraft, new bombs, etc. They have to test it on a Muslim population.

Since they have failed in winning over Central Asian countries, lost the war in Afghanistan, realized that India is a dud, and have seen East Asian countries accept Chinese dominance in the region, they will try to destabilize the Middle East and harm BRI this way. Iran and Gulf countries are just sitting ducks.
 

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This is why US should have united humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when US had nukes and no other country did. Any other country would have done so when presented with an opportunity like that which would never come again. Now China and Russia have nukes. US cannot unite the world under 1 flag even if it wanted to.

Pompeo threatening China and Russia is useless because US refused to unite humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when it had a one chance to do so.
They couldn't even stop Vietnam /Afghanistan from getting weapons , how will they succeed in stopping Iran?
Pompeo is a big man making big talk.
 

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This is why US should have united humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when US had nukes and no other country did. Any other country would have done so when presented with an opportunity like that which would never come again. Now China and Russia have nukes. US cannot unite the world under 1 flag even if it wanted to.

Pompeo threatening China and Russia is useless because US refused to unite humanity under 1 flag in 1945 when it had a one chance to do so.
The US atomic bomb that time is still very primitve. Delivery method is by bomber only. Soviet has a huge army that can overrun Europe anytime. Given US poor performance against Nazi in Europe, they were no matched against Soviet army arming with hundred thousands of T-34/85.

And when US atomic technology starts to get more advanced, the soviet got theirs in 1949.
 

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US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing "Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems" as the end to a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran approaches.
well I'm sure he can do that as Iran is neither interested in Russian Air-defense anymore nor any of Chinese tanks.
 

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Are you really so stupid as to suggest that the US should have nuked everyone out of existence unless they totally succumbed to US hegemony? Surely you are not confusing America with Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan ...
US could have united humanity under 1 flag without killing a single person in the process. Japan surrendered after 2 nukes. The rest of the world saw that and was ready to surrender to the US and become under 1 flag then the US said no we don't want you.
 

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For Russia yes the US will probably successfully pressure them into not sending weapons to Iran through the threat of more sanctions on Russia (in secret possibly), I remember back when Russia and Iran signed a deal to export AD systems to Iran the Russians kept on delaying the delivery so as not to piss off the Israelis & the Saudis and by the time it got delivered if I'm not mistaken back then Iran said they won't buy anymore AD systems from Russia, they realized Russia is an unreliable partner when it comes to committing to weapons shipments, if a small country like Israel was able to pressure Russia into delaying weapons shipments to Russia's own ally.. then imagine what the US can do.

In China's case there is a far much better chance that China will export weapons to Iran regardless of what the US says, still I would not be surprised at all if Trump calls Xi and tells him "we will reduce tariffs on you by 1% if you promise you won't export weapons to Iran" and then Xi accepts.
 

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Better for Iran, they should develop their own weapons, it's the better for them.
Better missiles made in Iran, than super-weapons made in Russia.

I still remember like it was yesterday, January 2012, when Kissinger visited Russia and three days after Russia said that it wouldn't sell S300 to Iran, in the context of Hormuz strait tensions.
 

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