IRAN — Iran has expressed “disappointment” over a US ruling on Friday that it does not comply with the United Nations’ arms embargo on the country.
In a statement released by its foreign ministry, Iran’s U.N. ambassador, Ali Larijani, said the US decision is “unacceptable” and called on the US to immediately lift the embargo and return the Iranian people to their homes.
The decision, which comes as Washington prepares to unveil new sanctions against Iran, was announced by the US Treasury Department on Friday, citing a February 2016 report by the UN Human Rights Council.
The report found that Iran is still in compliance with the embargo, but has been violating it by carrying out weapons purchases, financing terrorism and providing arms to the Syrian regime, the report said.
Iranian authorities are required to comply with sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries over its ballistic missile program and the nuclear program of Tehran.
The US Treasury report did not mention that the US is one of two countries that are not parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a UN agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which came into force in January 2017.
The Obama administration has said it wants to lift the sanctions but has not done so, so the two-year JCPOA process remains in effect.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Tehran since November 2015 for its ballistic missiles, its nuclear program and support for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
Iran has rejected any sanctions that might be imposed on it.
Iran is currently on track to reach a nuclear deal with six world powers and the P5+1 group of powers, but it is under intense international pressure to agree on new terms.
Iran has repeatedly said it will not negotiate a new agreement with the US, which has imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.