In response to a question about Iran’s plans after the termination of the UN arms embargo, Ali Rabiee said at a press conference on Tuesday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not intend to join the arms race in this region, which serves the financial interests of arms-producing companies.”
“I make it clear that we are concerned about this region turning into a stockpile of weapons, and hold the US accountable for the unbridled sale of arms to the region,” he stressed.
The spokesman noted that Iran has no special plans for arms trade for now, adding, “Whenever we deem it necessary - considering our legitimate and reasonable defense needs - we will take action in compliance with the customary international law and every state’s inherent right to self-defense.”
The arms embargo on Tehran was founded upon “false Iranophobia”, he stated, saying US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resorted to a massive Iranophobia campaign to prevent the removal of the arms embargo but failed.
“It basically lacked credibility,” Rabiee said of the push to extend the arms embargo that was terminated on October 18.