Pompeo urges UN arms embargo on Iran’s `terrorist regime’

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Pompeo and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif are scheduled to address a U.N. Security Council meeting on implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration pulled out of as tensions between the two countries escalate. Tuesday's long-scheduled council meeting comes a day after Iran issued an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump and dozens of others for alleged involvement in the killing of an Iranian general. A key issue at Tuesday’s meeting is expected to be U.S. opposition to the lifting of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran in October. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling Iran “the world’s most heinous terrorist regime” and urging the U.N. Security Council to extend the U.N. arms embargo against Tehran. It expires in October and Pompeo urged the council Tuesday to reject “extortion diplomacy.” The United States has circulated a draft Security Council resolution to extend the arms embargo. Pompeo said the United States’ “overwhelming preference” is to have the council adopt the resolution. He indicated that if the resolution isn’t approved _ which is likely because of Russian opposition _ the U.S. will seek to re-impose U.N. sanctions.