July 24, 2015
Iran Vows to Buy Weapons Anytime, Anywhere – Adam Kredo
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told state television that he insisted during the negotiations on the recent nuclear deal that Iran be able “to buy weapons from wherever possible, and [said that Iran] is to provide weapons to whomever and whenever it considers appropriate.” Iran will not adhere to any current restrictions of its arms trade, he said.
“When they [the P5+1] said that they were not going to lift weapons and missiles sanctions, or at least not immediately, we explicitly told them that there could be no agreement….With regards to our national security, our defense systems, and our missiles systems, we are not even willing to negotiate, let alone compromise.”
Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser, expressed concern that less than a week after the deal was announced, Iran is already challenging U.S. claims about what the agreement does. “It’s embarrassing enough when the supreme leader and Revolutionary Guards suggest less than full acceptance of the nuclear deal, but the agreement isn’t even a week old and already Iran’s chief negotiator is contradicting Secretary of State John Kerry.” (Washington Free Beacon)