Date
20 October 2017
The arms embargo is tied to a separate set of obligations unrelated to the UN sanctions under the nuclear deal, John Kerry said. Photo: Reuters
The arms embargo is tied to a separate set of obligations unrelated to the UN sanctions under the nuclear deal, John Kerry said. Photo: Reuters

Kerry: No automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms ban

Violations by Iran of an arms embargo or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement, or “snapback”, of UN sanctions , US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

Other options would be available under a landmark nuclear deal, Reuters quoted him as saying. 

“The arms embargo is not tied to snapback,” Kerry said.

“It is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it.”

Kerry said a new structure will be created to replace a UN panel of experts that has been monitoring compliance with the UN sanctions regime.

The UN arms embargo and ballistic missile sanctions were the most difficult sticking points in marathon negotiations between Iran and six world powers last month.

Under the nuclear deal, sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for long-term curbs on its nuclear program.

Failure to comply with limitations on that program can lead to an automatic reimposition of all UN sanctions, the so-called UN sanctions snapback.

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