United States calls for European Union sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2018

Haley said the missile test was "provocative" and urged the global community not to keep "turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions".

The UK continues firmly to support the historic nuclear deal with Iran.

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".

Envoys from European countries blasted a current Iranian missile test as conflicting with a chief U.N. Security Council decision as they grapple to retain the Iran deal unharmed amidst United States pressure to get going on Islamic regime.

The deal's terms and the UNSC resolution endorsing it never included a ban on ballistic missile tests.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program", Brian Hook, the State Department official who oversees Iran policy, said Monday. It urged Iran to stop all testing of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

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".

Last week the Trump administration displayed what it said were Iranian manufactured weapons that Houthi rebels in Yemen recently fired into Saudi Arabia.

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British Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters that the missile test is "inconsistent" with the resolution, but the United Kingdom wants to know "exactly what happened and then we will reach a judgment about how we want to characterize it".

She added, "The worldwide community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions".

The test was conducted by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on Saturday, just two days after Hook's exhibition at joint base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC. "Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231".

In keeping with pre-established talking points, the United States used the meeting to describe the latest launch - one of approximately a dozen since the nuclear deal went into effect - as an outright violation of the Security Council resolution.

The United States decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, to the dismay of its Europeans allies.

UN Security Council resolution 2231 enshrined Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, in which Tehran curbed its disputed uranium-enrichment program in exchange for an end to worldwide sanctions. It's all coming from Iran.

U.K. Ambassador Karen Pierce said that the type of missile launched on December 1 went "way beyond legitimate defensive needs" and points to Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region.

"Furthermore, this ballistic missile activity is destabilising and increases regional tensions", it added.

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