UN Security Council Meets over Iran Ballistic Missile Tests

UN Security Council Meets over Iran Ballistic Missile Tests

The United States urged Europe on Monday to impose sanctions on Iran amid testing of a ballistic missile last week by the regime.

The mission, in a statement released on Tuesday, described the United States as the gross violator of the resolution, emphasizing that "portraying Iran's ballistic missile program as inconsistent with Resolution 2231 or as a regional threat is a deceptive and hostile policy of the U.S.".

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

In a statement issued on Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile, violating a United Nations resolution.

Iran did not take part in the Security Council consultations.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at China, Iran, Russia and others on Tuesday for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements, and he questioned whether many pillars of worldwide trade and diplomacy are still relevant.

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said.

"Missile tests.are carried out for defense and the country's deterrence, and we will continue this", the semiofficial Tasnim news agency quoted Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for Iran's armed forces, as saying on December 2.

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Britain and France called for the closed-door discussions Tuesday in the Security Council.

British Ambassador Karen Pierce stressed that the types of missiles launched on December 1 "go way beyond legitimate defensive needs" and point to Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region.

Hook said "progress" was being made on getting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to consider a proposal to target individuals and entities that play key roles in Iran's missile programme.

As well as reiterating the United States' "commitment to Israel's security and absolute right to self-defense", Pompeo also pledged that the U.S. would continue "fighting anti-Israeli bias at the United Nations", according to a State Department statement released after the meeting. In Tehran's opinion, it is the United States' withdrawal from JCPOA "that is in absolute violation of the very same resolution". There was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah.

Though the northern border has seen relative quiet for the past 12 years, tensions have remained high and Israeli officials have recently sounded alarms over Hezbollah's acquisition of precision missiles that can hit anywhere in Israel.

"Israel has no interest in escalation, but we will do whatever it takes to defend our sovereignty and our citizens", Israel's United Nations envoy Danny Danon told reporters.

At the same time, the GCC is trying to deal diplomatically with ballistic missile proliferation in the Gulf. 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 is funding all of those terrorist activities", Danon said. Although the deployment was scheduled far in advance of the Iranian missile test and surrounding political conflict, U.S. officials did reportedly portray it as an answer to Iranian belligerence, as well as a warning to European allies about the potential danger of ignoring Iran's destabilizing influence.

Trump has pledged unwavering support for Israel and has pushed ahead with controversial policies such as moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

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