Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

UN Security Council to meet over Iran ballistic missile test

UN Security Council to meet over Iran ballistic missile test

That resolution calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.

Other parties to the deal, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation, have said they will not leave.

The Secretary of State is now in Brussels, Belgium, attending a summit of foreign ministers of NATO member states, meant to discuss the main security challenges that the alliance faces, including the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China, Iran, and Russian Federation for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements. "No UN Security Council resolution has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests", Qassemi said. The president withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's atomic weapons program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pictured in front of a menorah on the second night of the Hanukkah festival, during their meeting on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference in Brussels, Belgium, on December 3, 2018.

"As we have been warning for some time, Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing".

Washington´s Iran special envoy Brian Hook insisted that despite Tehran´s assertions to the contrary, Iran´s missile tests were not defensive in nature. "We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

"The first two years of the Trump administration demonstrated that President Trump is not undermining these institutions, nor is he abandoning American leadership".

"One of our most important programs is increasing the range of missiles and ammunition", Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh told the state-linked Fars news agency in comments reported by Reuters.

The alleged test comes amid heightened U.S. pressure on Iran, as well as repeated attempts by United States officials to persuade its European allies to stop doing business with Tehran in line with renewed USA sanctions on the country, which came into force on 4 November. On Tuesday, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran warned the European Union that Tehran's patience was running out on the bloc's pledge to keep up oil trading despite United States sanctions.

European leaders are troubled by Trump's rhetoric and say that his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal undermine European priorities.

On Sunday, a senior Iranian official said the country's missile program was not in breach of United Nations resolutions.

Hook said U.S. discussions with the Europeans about missile sanctions are gaining traction.

Resolution 2231 was passed in 2015 to endorse the freshly-signed deal between Iran and leading world nations (known as JPOC).

While in Belgium, Pompeo has met with senior officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michael discussing bilateral cooperation on major issues, including nonproliferation.

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