UK, France, US Concerned Over Iran Missile Test

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2018

State-run news agency IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying the country's missile program is "defensive in nature" and does not violate any United Nations resolution.

The United States is pressing the European Union to consider economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, a senior USA official said on Tuesday (4 December), warning of a wider regional conflict if Tehran's ambitions remain unchecked.

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the launch in violation of United Nations resolutions and called on Tehran to cease such activities.

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. Hook asked. "In fact, Iran's security concerns are entirely self generated".

UK, France, US Concerned Over Iran Missile Test

The secretary spoke before formally warning Russian Federation it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark nuclear missile treaty or the US will abandon the pact, raising concern about Europe's future security.

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

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

Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is not up for negotiation.

US Strategic Command tracked the Iranian test using a satellite network that traces ballistic missile launches, a senior administration official told CNN.

In this sense, Saturday's launch was in tension with United Nations Security Council 2231, which oversaw the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and separately "called upon" the Islamic Republic to avoid work on all weapons that are created to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload. "Three days later, they test launched another medium range ballistic missile".

Observers said that the move would irk the U.S, which views Tehran's weapons programme as a regional security threat.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said his government has condemned the December 1 launch as "inconsistent" with the 2015 resolution and has called on Iran to immediately halt all activity related to ballistic missiles "designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology".

Nasirzadeh did not give details on how far Iran would like to increase that range, according to the Fars report.

"Today, Iran is among the world's topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)", the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations. Under pressure from Washington, the USA -led NATO alliance is expected later on Tuesday to declare Russian Federation in formal breach of a nuclear arms control treaty, paving the way for Trump to withdraw from the Cold War-era agreement. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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