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United States presses Iraq on reports of arms deal with Iran

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:00 AM

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.

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