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Failure to extend arms embargo on Iran a serious mistake: Pompeo

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna, Austria, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/Pool

WARSAW (Reuters) - The failure to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran was a serious mistake, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday. “It’s a serious mistake, we regret that,” he told news conference during a visit to Poland.

The United States failed on Friday in its bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran after the move was opposed by Russia and China, while France, Britain, Germany and eight other members abstained.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Anna Koper; Writing by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Giles Elgood

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