​​​​​​​Putin proposes initiative on Iran, Pompeo calls for pressure

The Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed today to hold a seven-day summit of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, in addition to Germany and Iran to define steps that aim at avoiding a confrontation over the arms embargo on Iran, and France declared its support for this proposal.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Putin revealed that discussions are getting tense about Iran in the UN Security Council, which began voting on Thursday on a US proposal to extend an arms embargo on Tehran. Russia and China which have veto powers are against the US proposal.

Putin said: "The situation is escalating. Baseless accusations are being made against Iran," adding that Russia was still fully committed to the nuclear deal.

The 13-year-old arms embargo is set to expire next October under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, Germany, Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States, which prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the sanctions imposed on it.

Russia suggested holding a video conference via the Internet to avoid exacerbating the situation in the United Nations Security Council.

Putin described the matter as urgent, and urged other countries to carefully consider the Russian offer. The alternative, he said, is increasing tension and growing the risk of conflict.

For his part, the Elysee Palace said today that the French President Emmanuel Macron is ready to participate in an online meeting to discuss the arms embargo imposed on Iran.

For his part, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the world on Friday to unite to support America's effort to extend the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations on Iran for an indefinite period.

Pompeo said that permitting Iran buy and sell weapons at will was "craziness."

In Vienna, where he met the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, and prominent Austrian officials, Pompeo said: "We ask that countries urge the UN Security Council to renew the arms embargo on Iran. We cannot allow the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons. This is just craziness."


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