Iran’s deputy foreign minister revealed Tuesday that P5+1 negotiators knew the Islamic Republic would continue to arm its regional allies despite a nuclear agreement.
“We have told them in the negotiations that we will supply arms to anyone and anywhere necessary and will import weapons from anywhere we want and we have clarified this during the negotiations,” Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state TV.
The nuclear deal does not stipulate any restrictions on Iran’s missile capabilities or access to advanced weaponry. The Islamic Republic, the world’s greatest state-sponsor of international terrorism, directly and openly support’s Hezbollah’s terrorist actions against Israel.
“We will take any necessary action to maintain and expand our defensive capabilities, safeguard our independence and sovereignty and help our regional allies to fight against terrorism,” he stated.
“We are not even ready to even negotiate on our security and defensive issues, let alone compromising them.”
Araqchi’s comments echo similar sentiments made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Saturday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not give up support of its friends in the region – the oppressed people of Palestine, of Yemen, the Syrian and Iraqi government, the oppressed people of Bahrain and sincere resistance fighters in Lebanon and Palestine,” he said. “Our policy will not change with regards to the arrogant US government.”
Despite Iran stepping up its anti-Western rhetoric following the passage of the nuclear deal, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday in support of the accord.
Following the UN’s decision, US President Barack Obama called on US lawmakers to take a hint and pass the agreement in Congress. Obama stated his hope that the UN decision would “send a clear message that the overwhelming number of countries” believe that diplomacy is “by far our strongest approach to ensuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapons.”
“My working assumption is that Congress will pay attention to that broad basic consensus” he added.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor highlighted Monday’s UN decision as “a very sad day” because the international community “awarded a great prize to the most dangerous country in the world.”
“In future years, the consequences of this mistake will become clear to all. But for Israel, tomorrow is already too late.”