Friday, 14 December, 2018

USA takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister Iran vows to continue missile tests following U.S. allegation
Kenny Thornton | 06 December, 2018, 11:28

Russia, he said, is violating key arms control treaties and undermining the sovereignty of its neighbors, while Iran is flouting U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The provision's true intent has often been contested because the diplomatic language - "Iran is called upon not to undertake" - was agreed to at the time of the nuclear deal.

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.

Envoys from European countries blasted a current Iranian missile test as conflicting with a chief U.N. Security Council decision as they grapple to retain the Iran deal unharmed amidst USA pressure to get going on Islamic regime.

After the council meeting, French Ambassador Francois Delattre said there was "widely-shared concern" at the council about Iran's missile test and renewed France's call to Iran to halt all activities related to its missile program.

Washington's Iran special envoy Brian Hook insisted on Monday that despite Iran's assertions to the contrary, Iranian missile tests were not defensive in nature.

Iran wants to increase its missiles' range, a senior military official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran's weapons programme as a regional security threat.

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The missile, according to the statement from Pompeo, had the capability of carrying multiple warheads and "has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East".

FILE - United Kingdom Ambassador Karen Pierce address a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, October 23, 2018.

Earlier, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted: "Iran just test-fired a ... ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and Europe. The global community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions", she added.

The 2015 United Nations resolution also enshrines the nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump quit in May. "But we also believe, and our information is that the sorts of missiles she test-launched on December 1 go way beyond legitimate defensive needs".

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called the test "provocative, threatening and inconsistent" with the United Nations resolution.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis added later Saturday that "right now the strategic level of threat from Iran is less worldwide than (North) Korea's, but it is certainly significant regionally, and it could grow beyond that if it's not dealt with".

The United States has accused Iran of testing a medium-range ballistic missile over the weekend, "in defiance" of the UN Security Council resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal. Those launches came a week after an assault by militants on an Iranian military parade in the southern city of Ahvaz killed 25 people.

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