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UN Security Council Discusses New Iran Missile Test

UN Security Council Discusses New Iran Missile Test

Under a 2015 United Nations resolution, Iran is "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years. The deal was meant to ensure that Iran would not attempt to secretly develop nuclear weapons, an ambition that the country always denied having.

As Reuters pointed out in its report on Tuesday's Security Council meeting, this wariness was put on display in March when other European Union member states rebuffed efforts by the UK, France, and Germany to impose sanctions on the Iranian ballistic missile program.

"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", she said.

"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed based on the needs of the country", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the ministry's website.

Iran says its missile program is defensive and not aimed at building an arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles.

On Saturday, Pompeo denounced Iran for test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads that could reach parts of Europe.

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

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". "The worldwide community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions", she added.

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A foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran on Sunday refused to confirm if the missile test had taken place.

"The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran's deliberate efforts to destabilise the Middle East and defy global norms".

There has been anger in Europe at Washington's abrupt withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal - derided by Trump as a failure but still cherished by many in Brussels as a crowning achievement of European Union diplomacy.

A 2015 United Nations resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal "calls on" Tehran not to engage in missile development, but it does not expressly forbid it.

The remarks from Paris and London will be seen by the United States government as the first sign that its key European partners may yet be persuaded to view Iran's broader behaviour as so risky that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified. Those launches came a week after an assault by militants on an Iranian military parade in the southern city of Ahvaz killed 25 people.

Iran used its ballistic missiles to attack the headquarters of Iranian-Kurdish parties in Koya, Kurdistan Region in September.

"Furthermore, this ballistic missile activity is destabilising and increases regional tensions", it added.