Iran rejects arbitrary interpretation of resolution 2231

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of the provisions of resolution 2231, according to which, Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles "designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

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. Iran maintains that no UNSC resolution bans the country's defensive missile program or its missile tests.

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". Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, added that the move was "dangerous and concerning, but not surprising".

The spokesman added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed on many occasions that Iran's nuclear program lacks any military component.

His remarks were backed up by the United Kingdom representative on the EU's political and security committee, Paul Johnston, who said it was important to address the breadth of the Iranian challenge, and added that "important discussions would be held at the European Union foreign affairs council on December 10".

Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, insisted it had been conducted by Tehran "in defiance" of resolution 2231, describing the test as "dangerous and concerning, but not surprising".

The two European nations and permanent Security Council member states have, along with Germany, been effectively torn between the White House's assertive Iran policy and the efforts by the rest of Europe to expand trade relations with the Islamic Republic by keeping the JCPOA in force.

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

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

He said Tehran's ballistic missile tests and Hezbollah's tunnels are all connected. Yet the European leadership has been wary of taking such steps, nonetheless.

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

Britain and France called for the closed-door discussions Tuesday in the Security Council. Was the assassination attempt in Denmark defensive?

The affected states naturally responded to these threats by urging collective action to confront Iranian terrorism and undermine relevant networks.

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. "Three days later, they test launched another medium range ballistic missile".

Britain, France and Germany - the three remaining Western powers still part of the nuclear agreement - had sent a letter to the council, which was circulated Tuesday, saying Iran's earlier launches of Zolfaqar and Qiam short-range ballistic missiles on September 30 and October 1 "are inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

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