Kerry: No Automatic Return of Sanctions If Iran Breaks Arms Embargo

(Reuters) Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols - Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or "snapback" of UN sanctions under the nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. "They are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it." Even without a restoration of UN sanctions, Kerry said the U.S. and its allies would have "ample tools at our disposal" if Iran violated the arms embargo and missile sanctions. "There is a specific UN resolution outside of this agreement that prohibits them from sending weapons to Hizbullah" and other potential recipients of weapons from Iran, he said. Tehran has consistently violated the UN arms embargo and missile sanctions, and Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi made clear last month that Tehran had no intention of complying. "Whenever it's needed to send arms to our allies in the region, we will do so," he said.

2015-08-12 00:00:00

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