The U.S. is threatening serious sanctions against any party that sells weapons to Iran. But whether Washington will be able to respond to the appearance of the Russian Calibers in Tehran was determined by the American edition of Military Watch.
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Elliott Abrams warned that Washington would impose severe unilateral economic restrictions on any state selling arms to Tehran. This is due to the fact that in October 2020, a five-year UN arms embargo on this country will end.
In May 2018, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the SUPRD (Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on Iran regarding its nuclear program), which was condemned even by its closest allies. In August 2020, the UN rejected a draft U.S. resolution to extend the embargo against Tehran by 13 years, only the Dominican Republic out of 15 members of the Security Council supported the Americans. In its efforts to contain Iran, the United States found itself in isolation.
It is expected that soon Iran will start actively buying modern weapons systems from Russia and China. Tehran is very interested in tanks, submarines, air defense systems, and fighter jets. Before that, only DPRK had supplied weapons to Iran, demonstratively ignoring the embargo. But Pyongyang does not produce such high-end weapons as Moscow and Beijing.
Now Iran, in its confrontation with the West and its regional allies represented by Israel and the UAE, relies more on ballistic missiles and drones. Of Iran’s 17 fighter squadrons, only two are equipped with modern air-to-air missiles. This is just an example of what the real situation in the country’s Armed Forces is like.
It is expected that Iran will purchase PL-15 air-to-air missiles with a range of over 200 km and Chengdu J-10 fighters from China. Tehran may purchase Warsawianka class attack submarines, Caliber cruise missiles, T-90 tanks, and other equipment from Moscow. Moreover, it is unknown how China and Russia will react to the American threat. However, given that Moscow is already under sanctions from Washington, it is more likely to sign major arms contracts with Tehran.