Iran Arms Embargo Set to Expire in 365 Days

(New York, N.Y.) – United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Chairman Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace released the following statement today regarding the October 18, 2020 expiration of the international arms embargo imposed on Iran as part of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231:

“From its inception, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was a bad agreement for the United States and our allies in the region, and its sunset provisions are some of its biggest flaws. One short year from today, Iran’s terror apparatus will again be operating at full capacity, as restrictions on Iranian arms transfers will end under Resolution 2231, which endorsed the JCPOA.

The expiration of these arms transfer restrictions will have immediate destabilizing consequences for countries like Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Israel, as Iran will again be able to supply groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Houthis with deadly weapons. The one-year countdown to the expiration of restrictions on Iran’s ability to feed its proxy forces is one more reason why it is crucial that the administration’s current maximum pressure campaign be fully enforced and sustained. This includes maintaining a sufficient U.S. force in countries like Syria to cut off Iran’s ability to proliferate weapons throughout the region.”

To read the UANI report, JCPOA Sunset Alert, please click here.

To read Senator Lieberman’s USA Today op-ed urging Democratic presidential candidates to support negotiating a better deal with Iran, please click here.