Iran Ballistic Missile Test Violates UN Resolution, Pompeo Says

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo second left arrives for a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels Tuesday Dec. 4 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels to attend a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers

US slams Iranian medium range ballistic missile test

Tehran's foreign ministry said on Sunday that its missiles arsenal does not break global law and is purely defensive in nature, despite the USA slapping more sanctions on Iran over the programme.

The Iranian regime has just test-fired another missile this weekend - this time a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads - according to a report from the U.S. State Department. "This is outside the framework of nuclear negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission". He said:"Missile tests are carried out for defence and the country's deterrence and we will continue this".

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter that he was deeply concerned by "Iran's test-firing of a medium range ballistic missile. This provocative behaviour can not be tolerated".

His remarks on Sunday came shortly after the United States accused Tehran of carrying out a new missile test. Shekarchi did not confirm or deny that Iran had carried out a new test.

"Iran's missile programme is defensive in nature".

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The 2015 Iran nuclear deal is a joint agreement between Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia - which used to include the United States - in which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment programme in exchange for an end to global sanctions.

"We condemn these activities. and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities relating to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons", he said.

"The interesting and of course farcical point here is that you are referring to a resolution that you have not only violated by unilaterally and illegally withdrawing from the JCPOA, but also you urge others to breach it, and even threaten to punish or slap sanctions on them if they implement the agreement", he added.

Resolution 2231 endorsed the 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers under which Tehran would curb its nuclear enrichment programme in return for the lifting of global sanctions. Trump said the deal was flawed as it did not include curbs on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its support for armed proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. "Iran is not buying a hundred billion dollars of so-called handsome military equipment from the United States".

"Iran has defensive needs", Zarif said. This test violates UNSCR 2231.

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