On Sunday, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said that Tehran had built “underground missile cities” along the Gulf coast, Reuters news agency reported.
Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri added to the Sobh-e Sadeq weekly that Iran “has established underground missile and land missile cities along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”
On June 30, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of “betraying the mission of the United Nations” in case the UN Security Council fails to extend the arms embargo imposed on Iran, considering that Tehran constitutes a threat to security in the region.
The UN restrictions on Iran selling and buying weapons are due to expire in October 2020, and this was a major complaint by critics of the nuclear deal when it was discussed in 2015.
Once the embargo period ends, Iran will be free to purchase and export weapons listed on the United Nations list of conventional weapons, without the prior approval of the UN Security Council as it does today.
The United States has sought to impose restrictions on the international sale of arms to Iran since 1979, through both enforcement measures and US Congress legislation, such as the 1992 Iran-Iraq Non-Proliferation Law.
This endeavor took an international character in 2007 through Security Council Resolution 1747, which was adopted in response to Iran’s refusal to meet the demands of the Council to suspend its nuclear enrichment activities.