UN Security Council to meet over Iran ballistic missile test

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event at the Concert Noble in Brussels

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event at the Concert Noble in Brussels

She said the test did not comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and called on Tehran to immediately stop all its ballistic missile-related activities created to carry nuclear weapons.

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he called Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of the 2015 global agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, from which Washington has withdrawn.

Hook's comments on Monday were the latest salvo in an escalating USA campaign against Iran since President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May. Hook asked. "In fact, Iran's security concerns are entirely self generated".

The remarks from Paris and London will be seen by the USA government as the first sign that its key European partners may yet be persuaded to view Iran's broader behaviour as so unsafe that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified.

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

In this file picture taken on November 26, 2018, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the UN Security Council during a UNSC meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations in NY, the United States.

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is now one of the world's topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

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Iran also carried out another test last week that was strongly condemned by Washington.

"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".

Speaking after the meeting, Karen Pierce, the British ambassador to the United Nations, said the December 1 missile test was inconsistent with the resolution and went "way beyond legitimate defensive needs". "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". But the separate continued development of Iran's missile programme is risky and provocative.

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal approved before he took office, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program", Hook told reporters.

The December 4 session ended with no joint statement despite a USA call for council members to condemn Iran's weekend ballistic missile test, which Washington described as "dangerous and concerning".

"The goal of America and its regional allies is, through exerting pressure and economic shortages, to say we have hit a dead end on the threshold of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution", said Zanganeh, as reported by Reuters, citing the oil ministry news agency SHANA. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

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