Washington is looking for more than a temporary extension on\u00a0Iran's arms embargo, the top US diplomat said Wednesday.\r\n\u201cOur objective is not to extend the arms embargo for another short period of time.\u00a0That\u2019s how we got into this mess, right,\u201d US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in during a briefing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPompeo was speaking just a day after he warned the\u00a0UN Security Council\u00a0of the dangers that would arise if the arms embargo, set to expire in October, was not extended.\r\n\u201cThe arms embargo should be lifted when the Islamic Republic of Iran begins to behave in a way that is consistent with the ability to move arms around the world, to purchase \u2013 to act in a way that\u2019s consistent with the way normal nations act,\u201d Pompeo said Wednesday.\r\nBut if the arms embargo is not extended, Pompeo said that the US was \u201cprepared to lead to come up with responses\u201d to the risks against the nonproliferation regime.\r\nIn his speech to the UNSC, Pompeo said that Iran would be free to purchase Russian-made fighter jets \u201cputting cities like Riyadh, New Delhi, Rome, and Warsaw in Iranian crosshairs.\u201d\r\nPompeo said the US is in a \u201cfull-fledged diplomatic effort\u201d to convince the world that the embargo should be extended. \u201cGo talk to our partners in Saudi Arabia or the Emirates and Kuwait. They know, too, that if Iran is allowed to become an arms merchant again, instability in the Middle East will flow.\u201d\r\n\u201cIf Iran is allowed to buy weapons from the likes of China and Russia, more civilians in the Middle East will die at the hands of the regime and its proxies. It\u2019s that straightforward,\u201d he said.\r\nDuring his speech to the UNSC on Wednesday, the US diplomat cautioned against allowing the embargo to expire. \u201cIf you fail to act, Iran will be free to purchase Russian-made fighter jets that can strike up to a 3,000-kilometer radius, putting cities like Riyadh, New Delhi, Rome, and Warsaw in Iranian crosshairs,\u201d he said.