“The [security] Council must choose between arming terrorists or standing by the Gulf,” Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said.
By OMRI NAHMIAS – The Jerusalem Post
WASHINGTON – The United States will introduce a resolution this week to extend the arms embargo on Iran, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, tweeted on Sunday. “Countries in the Middle East from the Gulf to Israel support extending the arms embargo,” he added. “It is deeply important to every one of them. Arabs and Israelis are speaking with one voice, and the Security Council must listen.”
Pompeo’s remarks come as Dr. Nayef F. M. Alhajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, sent a letter to the UN Security Council in support of the move. “The GCC Secretary-General pointed out that Iran has continued to proliferate conventional weapons and arm terrorist and sectarian organizations and movements throughout the region,” the GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar, said in a statement.
The statement adds that it is imperative to extend those restrictions to ensure and preserve peace and stability in this region and the rest of the world. Pompeo said that the GCC’s letter “is a bold statement,” and added: “The [security] Council must choose between arming terrorists or standing by the Gulf.”
US Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, shared the GCC statement on her Twitter account and added: “these countries’ voices must be heard as Iran continues to proliferate conventional weapons and arm terrorists. Common sense must prevail.”
Last week, Craft said that extending the arms embargo on Iran is “a choice between freedom and tyranny.” Speaking at the Aspen Institute Security Forum, the US ambassador acknowledged that China and Russia threatened to veto the resolution. “The strategy in a perfect world would always be to have them abstain and not veto,” Craft noted. “However, let’s be realistic here. Right now, the strategy is working with the other members of the security council and making certain that we really just, as we did in Syria, put them in a corner and shine the light on them because this is a choice between the tyranny of freedom. And we will allow the world to see the choice that China and Russia will make.”