Britain accuses Iran of flouting United Nations resolution with new missile test

Britain accuses Iran of flouting United Nations resolution with new missile test

Britain accuses Iran of flouting United Nations resolution with new missile test

Instead, it says "Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles", language that does not forbid Tehran from testing or make it a violation if it does so.

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", Hook confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon while talking to reporters aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's airplane en route to Brussels for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings.

Mr Trump's administration reinstituted sanctions on Iran although the other countries in the nuclear deal - struck during Barack Obama's second term in the White House - are sticking to it despite renewed U.S. pressure on them to abandon the accord or face trade restrictions.

"Iran is one of the world's powers in this field and in addition to military and security use, including on the borders of the country, it has economic benefit and civilian use, such as explorations, discoveries and cloud fertility", he said.

European leaders have been troubled by Mr Trump's rhetoric and fear his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal undermine European priorities. Tehran insists that all its missile tests are in line with this non-binding part of the resolution, arguing that the arms are not created to deliver nuclear warheads.

"Also, neither the United Kingdom nor France presented any evidence of this during UN Security Council consultations on the issue", he said.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program", Brian Hook, the State Department official who oversees Iran policy, said Monday.

Britain accuses Iran of flouting United Nations resolution with new missile test

"In Iran's transparent missile and defence policies ... there is no design and plan for having missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and there won't be any in the future", Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by the ministry's press service.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called on the U.N.'s most powerful body to unanimously condemn the "provocative missile test" on December 1, calling it "dangerous and concerning, but not surprising".

Iran has neither confirmed nor denied the test and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back on Twitter: "Making a mockery of the [Security Council] won't obscure failure to fulfill obligations [and] to hold USA to account over non-compliance..."

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.

Tehran has made no secret of its vigorous pursuit of a greater regional presence, and Saturday's missile launch is arguably emblematic of this effort.

The United States is calling on the European Union to enact its own set of sanctions targeting Iran following Tehran's test of a missile this past weekend.

"Iran is among the world's top powers in building missiles, radars, armoured vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles", Hatami told official IRNA news agency, reports Xinhua. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

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