Friday, 14 December, 2018

'Iran's missile program in compliance with UNSCR 2231'

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister Iran vows to continue missile tests following U.S. allegation
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 02:10

"We are acting to preserve, protect, and advance an open, just, transparent and free world of sovereign states", Pompeo said, adding that China's ability to benefit from the current USA -led system of trade and other agreements was an example of "the poisoned fruit of American retreat".

On Tuesday, a diplomatic source told Sputnik that the French and UK missions to the United Nations had requested closed UN Security Council consultations to discuss Iran's nuclear tests.

"We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

Hook said United States discussions with the Europeans about missile sanctions are gaining traction. A key provision calls on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons" - but it does not explicitly demand that Tehran do so. Although the deployment was scheduled far in advance of the Iranian missile test and surrounding political conflict, United States 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.

The letter stated that while Britain, France and Germany took "note of Iran's official position on these missile strikes as a response to a terrorist attack in Iran, we assess that Iran's firing of the short range ballistic missiles was inconsistent" with resolution 2231.

And while Pompeo claimed the test violated United Nations resolution 2231, the launch does not constitute a violation of the United Nations measure, according to the language of the resolution.

"Today, Iran is among the world's topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)", the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations.

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Shekarchi said such activity "is outside the framework of [nuclear] negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission". "Increase your capability and readiness as much as you can", Khamenei said in a speech before naval officials, adding that new ships and submarines should serve to extend the Iranian military's influence well beyond the nation's borders and the Persian Gulf.

"This is a grave and escalating threat and we need to restore deterrents against Iran's missile programme".

Mr. 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.

Netanyahu made an unexpected trip to Brussels on Monday afternoon for the meeting with Pompeo, who is in Belgium for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts. "He reiterated America's resolve in confronting the totality of the Iranian regime's threats through maximum pressure", the State Department statement added.

"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. Those talks center on slapping penalties on companies and people involved in Iran's program.

He lamented that conventional wisdom had concluded that "the more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are" and "the more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done".