Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Wednesday that the U.S. will seek to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran– the embargo is set to expire in October.
Watch Pompeo’s remarks in the video player above.
“We’re not going to let that happen,” Pompeo said during a news briefing. “We will work with the U.N. Security Council to extend that prohibition on those arms sales and then in the event we can’t get anyone else to act, the United States is evaluating every possibility about how we might do that.” The move by the U.S. is likely to get pushback from countries like Russia, who have made it clear that they would like to resume arms sales with Iran.
Pompeo also spoke about the department’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic and repeated the Trump administration’s criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the health crisis.
“We shouldn’t pretend that because some organization has health in its title, it’s actually capable of delivering the outcomes we need.” He added: “If there is a function that only the WHO can do, and we think it is important for American national security because we are good humanitarian partners around the world, I’m confident we’ll find a way to deliver that outcome.”
Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent Nick Schifrin and Digital News Editor Yasmeen Alamiri contributed to this report.