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The United Nations have expressed concern that Iran may have violated an arms embargo by providing weapons Lebanese to the Shi’ite militia group, Hezbollah.

These concerns are laid out in a forthcoming report from the UN, due to be discussed within the UN Security Council later this month.

It also cites an accusation by France that an arms shipment seized by the European country in March 2016, was likely headed from Iran to Somalia or Yemen.

The report was submitted by outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on December 30, just two days before his successor Antonio Guterres was due to take over.

Ban wrote in the report: "In a televised speech broadcast by Al-Manar TV on 24 June 2016, Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, stated that the budget of Hezbollah, its salaries, expenses, weapons, and missiles all came from the Islamic Republic of Iran."

He noted that he was deeply concerned by that revelation.

Most UN sanctions were lifted following the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and the European Union.

However, the arms embargo is not part of the nuclear agreement and therefore, still in place.

When the Iranian Regime was asked to clarify the issue, their mission to the UN said: "Measures undertaken by the Islamic Republic of Iran in combating terrorism and violent extremism in the region have been consistent with its national security interests and international commitments."

They did not deny violating the arms embargo, choosing instead to portray their illegal weapon’s shipments as a method of combating terrorism.

Even if Iran were not labelled the premier exporter of terrorism by the US State Department, it seems unlikely that they intended to combat terrorism by arming a terrorist group.

The UN Secretary-General is required to make a report every six months regarding any violations of the sanctions that remain in place.

So far, Iran has made several violations including:

• The launching of ballistic missiles in March 2016

• Exceeding its limit on heavy water (used to make nuclear weapons) twice

• Numerous human rights violations and executions

 

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