Iranian defence firms have been ejected from the Defence Services Asia trade show in Malaysia for exhibiting “lethal and offensive equipment” in violation of UN Security Council sanctions.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak says the Iranian firms had been informed they could take part provided they did not contravene UN resolutions, which includes a ban on arms exports, AFP reports.

“Unfortunately … they displayed equipment that clearly contravenes the UN resolution such as missiles and missile systems,” Najib says.

“We were left in a situation that we did not have any option – since Malaysia is committed to respecting and adhering to the UN resolution – but to terminate their participation.”

By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh