Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s remarks virtually to the UN Security Council, from the Department of State
Secretary Pompeo. We of the floor. Thank you, Nikolai. In. Thanks for the couple words in English There. Appreciate that. Good morning, everyone. Uh, good to see your secretary, General Rosemary. Thank you for your comments this morning. I would like to say you made some comments about humanitarian assistance inside of Iran. The United States is trying to facilitate that. A lot of the cove it issues inside of Iran. Indeed, we offered our own American assistance to the Iranians, which was rejected by them. So to suggest somehow that are sanctions have prevented humanitarian assistance to get into Ron. I think it’s a misunderstanding of the situation on the ground Because of the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the previous American administration. The arms embargo on the world’s most Highness terrorist regime is scheduled to expire on October 18th. A mere four months from now. Four months. This chamber has a choice stand for international peace and security. United Nations founders intended let the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran expire, betraying the U. S. Mission and its finest ideals. We have all pledged to uphold. If you fail to act, Iran will be freedom purchase Russian made fighter jets that could strike up to 3000-kilometer radius, putting cities like Riyadh, New Delhi, Rome and Warsaw. Iranian crosshairs. Iran will be free to upgrade and expand its fleet of submarines to further threaten international shipping. And freedom of navigation is straight of your moves. Where’s your golf in the Arabian Sea? Iran will be free to purchase new invest technologies for its proxies and partners throughout the Middle East, including the Maas Hezbollah and the Houthis. Iran will hold a sort of damage, please over the economic stability of the Middle East, endangering nations like Russia and China that rely on stable energy prices. Iran will be free to become a rug weapons. Do you mean supplying arms to feel conflicts from Venezuela to Syria to the far reaches of Afghanistan in November of last year? President Rouhani himself said, quote When the embargo is lifted next year, we can easily buy and sell weapons. End of quote. We should take him at his word. Iran is not responsible. Democracy like a sure and then we already know that Tehran will do, given the ability by more weaponry. Just consider the secretary general’s unscored 2020 20 to 31 report that we’re discussing today. The report confirmed that weapons used to attack Saudi Arabia in September 2019 were of Iranian. Origen. Report has also confirmed the weapons interdicted off the coast of Yemen in November of 2019 and bravery or 2020 We’re of Iranian Origen. Iran is already violating the arms embargo even before its expiration date. Imagine if Iranian activity were sanctioned, authorized by this group if the restrictions are lifted and we don’t need the secretary general report to see what else the regime is doing. In January, Ran launched an attack on coalition forces in Iraq with its own advanced missiles. Iran, even as we sit here today, supply Shia militia militia groups like Hezbollah groups which have watched dozens of rocket attacks since the fall of last year against US and coalition forces fighting the important continued campaign against Dash Ron unleashes ship mining attacks on commercial vessels in the Gulf of Oman, as it did in Maine June of last year. Nearly all countries have arms, mature nations, used them for defensive purposes and true promotes stability, but not the Islamic Republic of Iran. Don’t just take it from me or from the United States. Listen to countries in the region, from Israel to the Gulf, countries in the Middle East, where most exposed to a transportations are speaking with a single voice. Extend the arms embargo. This council has a responsibility to listen to them. The United States. Overwhelming preference is to work with this council to extend the arms of armor to protect human life, to protect our national security. And to protect yours. We composed arms, your fifties on Tehran and various forms for 13 years and with good reason and to substantial effect when we unanimously adopted U. N Security Council resolution 1747 back in 2000 and seven which, among other actions, prohibited arms transfers from Iran. United Kingdom’s represented to the castle said quote at the proliferation by Iran is not one the international community can accept and then quote Welcome s statement from the United Kingdom, France and Germany, recently recognizing that lifting the embargo would have major implications for regional security instability, I also welcome the sport of almost 400 members of the United States Congress. For those of you not tracking. There’s only 435. Those almost 400 members supported my diplomacy to extend this arms embargo. Our concern is a matter of national security, not partisan politics, with song from Iran’s actions while implementing the JC a pit jcp away that the regime doesn’t moderate when we lift sanctions or weaken accountability. In fact, it does just the opposite. While still claiming to remain in the deal run by its own admission and is confirmed by the IAEA, is showing no signs of slowing its destabilising nuclear escalation. Iran is also accumulating dangerous knowledge. For example, late last year, Iran and APS that its scientists were working on a new centrifuge, the I R night, that would allow Tehran to enrich uranium up to 50 times faster. The IR one centrifuge is allowed under the JCP. Away even is around pursues research that could threaten this breakout time to a nuclear weapon. It’s also denied IAEA inspections access the locations around is obligated to provide. This thing’s council cannot simply hope that Iran acts in good faith. Given its indisputable fact pattern, the council must hold Iran accountable, and we all have the chance to do so close with this close with an appeal to our greater purpose. Article one of the U. N. Charter says the purpose of the U. N. Is to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to peace. Consider the overwhelming evidence that I’ve detailed today. It’s a fraction of the evidence available if Iran isn’t a threat to peace that demands that collective measures. I do not know what is. The council must reject extortion diplomacy. President Rouhani recently declared Quote. Iran will give a crushing response if the arms embargo on Tehran is extended. End of quote. Given the Iranian regime’s history of resorting to terrorism and violence, perhaps you should take this threat seriously. Iran’s foreign minister will speak today. I hope you’ll tell us. I hope you’ll tell us whom he intends to crush and how he will crush we’re doing. The embargo will exert more pressure on Tehran to start behaving like a normal nation. The world needs this to happen. A long-suffering Iranian people. I need this to happen. 75 years ago, the founders of the U. N. Came together after the devastation of World War Two to ensure that the world would never again have to face such force. Let’s not shrink from the challenge before us simply because the path ahead seems hard. Let’s uphold the mission of this body to address the threats to international peace and security that the Islamic of Republic of Iran presents. Let’s take real action in the name of this council by extending the arms embargo. Thank you all for allowing me to be here today.