U.S. Takes Aim at China, Iran, Russia Over Treaty Violations

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

The missile programme gives Iran "veto rights" over strategic issues in the Middle East, Heshmatullah Falahatpisheh, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian parliament, told IRNA on Tuesday.

"For the last 12 years, the United Nations Security Council has been telling the Iranian regime to stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, and Iran continues to defy the U.N. Security Council", Hook said.

Zarif recalled that the U.S. re-imposing of unilateral sanctions against Iran was already a violation of Security Council Resolution 22-31.

It further noted that the U.S. unlawfully quit the nuclear agreement, and is in absolute violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile. Still, Agence France Presse quoted British Ambassador Karen Pierce as saying that Iran's activities "go way beyond legitimate defensive needs", and Reuters credited France with objecting to the Iranian "frenzy" for missile development and stockpiling.

"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.

It follows a statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, in which he accused Iran of test-firing a missile capable of carrying nukes and in breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement agreed between Tehran and world powers.

On Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of a United Nations resolution, while Iran said its missile program was purely defensive in nature and exclusively for the defense of the country.

"I want to thank you for everything that you're doing, for your strong statements on the latest violation by Iran on the ballistic missiles", said Netanyahu, ahead of a planned meeting with Pompeo in Brussels.

The raising of the potential deal breach by its European signatories comes as relations between Iran and the U.S. hit a low ebb after the latter's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement in May and its reimposition of sanctions on the Iranian economy.

We have urged the UN Security Council to ensure that Iran cease such activity in defiance of key UNSC measures, and that Iran and all Member States comply fully with the resolutions prohibiting proliferation of missile technology to and from Iran. Aziz Nasirzadeh, said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

"It is a grave and escalating threat, and nations around the world-not just Europe-need to do everything they can to be targeting Iran's missile program", he added.

This pressure, together with more broad-minded pressure from the White House, may serve to amplify the "cracks" that Fox News reported to be showing in the "Iran deal coalition" on Tuesday.

Pompeo lamented that conventional wisdom had concluded that "the more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are" and "the more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done".



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