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OPINION – The United Nations’ decade-long embargo on the sale of arms to Iran expired on Sunday based on a provision in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was aimed at halting Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. So, what happens now?

Tehran says it has no plans to go on a “buying spree,” but China and Russia are the most likely countries to step forward to fill the gap. That’s mainly because Britain and members of the European Union have said they will maintain their own 2007 embargo which has prohibited both the purchase from, and sale to, Iran of conventional weapons.

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