We have not rule out military action against Iran over arms embargo: US envoy

The U.S. is considering the use of military action against Iran if it means preventing the Islamic Republic from attaining a nuclear bomb and other powerful weapons, the U.S. special envoy to Tehran, Brian Hook, told Israel’s Channel 13 this week.

US special representative for Iran, said during a visit to Jerusalem that “the military option is always on the table.” Adding that the White House was willing to take military action against Tehran to prevent the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“We’ve made very clear, the President has, that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, and the military option is always on the table,” he said.

Hook said , U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. ​“I think the Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon.”

“The Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon,” Hook said.

The U.S. administration has repeatedly demanded that the arms embargo against Iran be renewed after it expires in October 2020.

“When you play by Iran’s rules, Iran wins, so we are making the national security case for extending the arms embargo that has been in place for 13 years,” Hook said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his staff have been pushing to renew the arms embargo against Tehran amid the Islamic Republic’s unveiling of several new weapons, including a plethora of missile systems that were designed domestically.

The arms embargo against Iran has prevented the Islamic Republic from acquiring new stealth jets and other modernized weapons that are developed by allied nations like China and Russia.

However, with the expiration of the arms embargo in October, the Islamic Republic is expected to upgrade its air force with several new military aircraft, with some reports claiming Tehran is eyeing Russia’s Sukhoi jets and China’s J-10.

Russia and China, which are both members of the UN Security Council, oppose the embargo, however. Their support, or abstention from a vote, would be needed to extend the embargo.

“I’m hopeful because Russia and China also would like to see a peaceful and stable Middle East,” Hook said.

He highlighted ties between Israel and Arab states, which have likely been strengthened by shared concern over threats from Iran, and downplayed fears that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank could damage those ties.

“We very much like the steps that have been taken by a number of governments I think to deal with Iranian aggression and we would very much like to see the Palestinians come to the table. With respect to annexation, that is a decision for the Israeli government to make. We are working on building support for the peace vision,” Hook said.

In his meeting with Hook, Netanyahu warned that the Iranian regime “deliberately deceives the international community. It lies all the time. It lies on solemn pledges and commitments that it took before the international community. It continues its secret program to develop nuclear weapons. It continues its secret program to develop the means to deliver nuclear weapons.”

He vowed that Israel would “do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” and told Hook, “I know that’s your position as well.”

“This is a policy, Brian, that we have adopted as well. We are absolutely resolved to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in our immediate vicinity. We take repeated and forceful military action against Iran and its proxies in Syria and elsewhere if necessary,” said Netanyahu.

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