United States presses Iraq on reports of arms deal with Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States pressed Iraq on Monday to explain media reports that it had signed a contract to buy arms from Iran, a move forbidden under a United Nations embargo.
"We've certainly seen those reports. If true, this would raise serious concerns," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
A deal signed in November in which Iraq would buy US$195 million (S$246 million) in arms from Iran was reported by Reuters in Baghdad on Monday.
Psaki said that "any transfer of arms from Iran to a third country is in direct violation" of the UN embargo.