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Copyright © 2019 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

October 18, 2020: Expiring Restrictions on Iran

In less than one year, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism will be able to buy and sell weapons again. That same day, travel restrictions on key Iranian officials, including the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), will be lifted.


On October 18, 2020, Iran will be permitted to sell and transfer missiles, large caliber artillery, attack helicopters, and warships – which would make a tumultuous Middle East even more dangerous for America and for Israel. With lifted travel restrictions, the Iranian regime will have the capability to continue to expand their influence.


In 2010, the United Nations Security Council approved an arms embargo on Iran, making it illegal under international law for the regime to import and export weapons.


After the Iran nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 2231 which stated that the arms embargo on Iran would expire on October 18, 2020.


The U.N. travel restrictions included key Iranian officials, including Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s IRGC-QF. The IRGC is the terrorist force overseeing the regime’s nuclear program, ballistic missile work, campaign in Syria, and support for Palestinian terrorist groups. Soleimani has built the IRGC, specifically its elite Quds Force, into a terrorist military with extraordinary reach. It funds and arms proxies across the Middle East, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and has carried out attacks around the world.


In one year, the U.N. will lift its travel ban on Soleimani, allowing him to advance the regime’s campaign of chaos and destruction.


Iran is the principal obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East. Removing these restrictions in one year will only further embolden the regime, adding fuel to the fire in the Middle East.


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