Iran rejects arbitrary interpretation of resolution 2231

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Abolfazl Shekarchi said that Iran would continue to conduct missile tests without asking other countries for permission.

"Iran's recent ballistic missile test was risky and concerning, but not surprising", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, welcoming the council meeting.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Saturday that Iran had test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads "which has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East".

The United States in May said it was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and moving to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, angering Washington's European allies. German authorities subsequently arrested a high-ranking Iranian diplomat who had been stationed in Vienna and was identified as the mastermind behind the plot to bomb the global rally organized near Paris by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

However, diplomats said they were now trying to limit the fallout of the decision by staggering the expected US withdrawal into next year and first formally accusing Russian Federation of breaking the INF agreement, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles.

He added that Iran has no plans to develop a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead.

Pompeo said the United States was acting correctly. The wording does not explicitly forbid missile activity, effectively opening a loophole for test firing to continue should Tehran, which insists its missile programme is for defensive purposes only, so wish.

He told reporters traveling with Pompeo that Iran's continued missile development and testing is a threat to the region and beyond and in defiance of U.N. Security Council demands. "Three days later, they test launched another medium range ballistic missile".

Britain, France and Germany in March proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters, but were rebuffed by other European Union nations including Italy, which are seeking to develop business ties with the Islamic Republic.

The potential breach concerns United Nations resolution 2231, a provision agreed at the same time but not itself part of the nuclear deal, relating to Iran's missile programme.

British Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters that the missile test is "inconsistent" with the resolution, but the United Kingdom wants to know "exactly what happened and then we will reach a judgment about how we want to characterize it". "Increase your capability and readiness as much as you can", Khamenei said in a speech before naval officials, adding that new ships and submarines should serve to extend the Iranian military's influence well beyond the nation's borders and the Persian Gulf.

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal approved before he took office, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

"This is a grave and escalating threat and we need to restore deterrents against Iran's missile programme".

"If the Security Council is serious about holding Iran accountable and enforcing our resolutions, then at a minimum we should be able to deliver a unanimous condemnation of this provocative missile test", said Ambassador Haley.

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