Iranian President Hasan Rohani applauded this Saturday that the UN Security Council had rejected a United States resolution to extend the arms embargo against Iran and assured that it was a “humiliating defeat” for the North American country.
Washington sought to enlist the assistance of the Council to prevent the embargo from expiring on October 18, as provided for in a clause of the 2015 nuclear deal. However, the text has only two votes in favor, while two other countries voted against and eleven abstained.
Rouhani has attributed this high number of abstentions to consensus within the international community on the need to maintain the nuclear deal, from which the Donald Trump administration distanced itself in 2018. In this sense, he believes that the vote demonstrates the isolation of the US, according to the agency Mehr.
The Iranian President has hailed what, for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is a “first step for the main sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell conventional weapons with no particular US restrictions” as a “great victory” for the first time in more than the UN a decade. “