"We're urging our E3 partners to take action which is within their capacity to do, we'll work with the [United Nations] Security Council to extend that prohibition on those arms sales, and in the event, we can't get anyone else to act, the United States is evaluating every possibility about how we might do that," Pompeo said. "We are going to make sure that come October of this year, the Iranians aren't able to buy conventional weapons."
On Sunday, US media reported that Pompeo was putting together a strategy to try to force an extension of an arms embargo against Iran or re-impose harsher sanctions if the UN Security Council declines to extend the arms embargo.
Under the strategy, the United States may claim that it formally remains a partner in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) although the Trump administration announced a withdrawal from the nuclear agreement in 2018.
In 2018, the United States abandoned its conciliatory policy on Iran and hit the country with comprehensive sanctions tailored to bring oil exports to zero. In response, Iran also discontinued its commitments under the nuclear agreement.