Sources: Iran Sells Weapons to Iraq, Breaks U.N. Embargo

If verified, the deal could threaten negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program

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Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters

Iraqi security forces take position with their weapons during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar, 60 km (40 miles) from the capital February 15, 2014.

Iran has signed a $195 million deal to sell arms and ammunition to Iraq, according to documents viewed by Reuters, a transaction that would break a U.N. embargo regarding weapon sales by Tehran.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is fed up with delays in U.S. arms deliveries, several Iraqi lawmakers have said, and although his spokesman refused to either confirm nor deny the agreement, he conceded that such a deal would be understandable considering his country’s security issues.

“Nothing prevents us from buying arms and ammunition from any party and it’s only ammunition helping us to fight terrorists,” he said.

Iran has denied any knowledge of the deal, which was supposedly reached only weeks after al-Maliki returned from lobbying the Obama administration in Washington for additional arms.

A Tehran weapons sale could complicate ongoing negotiations to ease international sanctions over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

“If true, this would raise serious concerns,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki during a news briefing. “We are seeking clarification on the matter from the government of Iraq and to ensure that Iraqi officials understand the limits that international law places on arms trade with Iran.”

[Reuters]

2 comments
AjaxLessome
AjaxLessome

Iran continues to build a ring of supporters in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt built on cooperation with terror groups and dictators that massacre their own people. The future of any peace deal in the Middle East cannot have Iran involved if there is any hope for a future without terror, human rights violence and the imposition of yet another radical Islamic religious theocracy.

oktrade
oktrade

Sunni’s are Whitehouse’s mercenaries to kill Shiite in Iraq. Shiite are Whitehouse’s mercenaries to kill Sunni in GCC, Yemen, Lebanon & Syria. Putin ain’t an option he’s shortcircuited. He ain’t affording another KABOOAM in Moscow Subway; Putin needs Russian dead by vodka default than bombed by Sunni. Maliki buying DOD’s arms that evaporated from US Bases in Iraq and surfaced in Iran in 2004.if you think that Khamenei is on his own in this one then you need to be quarantined because you’re too Jewish to outfox dumb to get some attention. Khamenei ain’t masturbate without his masters permission in Tel Aviv.