The U.S. State Department said on Friday that the delivery of Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran is not against the recently imposed UN sanctions.
The Resolution 1929, adopted on Wednesday, imposes the fourth round of sanctions against Iran, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. It also imposes an asset ban and a travel freeze on more than three dozen companies and individuals.
"The [Resolution] 1929 prohibits the sale and transfer of items on the U.S. Register of Conventional Arms, which does not include the S-300. That said, this is a sale that Russia concluded with Iran a number of years ago and Russia has exercised responsibility and restraint and has not, at this point, delivered those missiles to Iran," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told a daily press briefing.
He said that the Resolution 1929 is aimed at strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and provides a framework for addressing nuclear non-proliferation concerns of the global community.
"There's significant limitations on conventional weapons, missile technology, nuclear technology. It [the resolution] focuses on banking, financial sector and so forth," Crowley said.
"So we are looking for a strong, united international response to make it clear to Iran that it will pay a price for its current course and that it should — based on this pressure, that it will begin to feel — very quickly change course," he added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday Russia would ensure "absolute protection for all significant channels of trade and economic cooperation existing between Russia and Iran."
Lavrov said Russia will also continue to cooperate with Iran on the Islamic Republic's first nuclear power plant.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the delivery of Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran will not be hit by the UN resolution.
WASHINGTON, June 11 (RIA Novosti)