´Iran imported arms worth $560M in 3 years´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Dudi Cohen Published: 05.03.12, 13:27)
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The Telegraph reports Islamic Republic able to bypass UN arms
embargo; most weapons supplied by Russia, China
Iran imported weapons worth over $560 million over a three-year
period despite being the target of a United Nations arms embargo, The
Telegraph reported Thursday, citing data published the Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute.
Anna MacDonald, the Control Arms campaigns manager for Oxfam, was
quoted by the British daily as saying that the Islamic Republic´s
success in tapping the international arms market showed the
ineffectiveness of current restrictions.
"If you are an unscrupulous government, it´s quite easy to find your
way around them," she said.
Russia and China, the report said, who prevented the UN from imposing
a comprehensive embargo, are thought to have been the principal
suppliers of weapons to Iran between 2007 and 2010.
According to the report, Azerbaijan, which is subjected to an arms
embargo by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,
has nonetheless been able to import arms worth over $720 million
between 2000 and 2010, making it the biggest purchaser of weaponry by
any nation under embargo.
In all, 10 countries subjected to arms embargoes still managed to buy
arms worth over $2.2 billion between 2000 and 2010, The Telegraph
According to the British daily, the UN is expected hold a conference
to discuss the issue in July.
However, The Telegraph said, countries like Russia and China, which
benefit greatly from arms exports, are "highly unlikely" to accept
any international rules that would restrict this trade. (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/03/12)
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