Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

US calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

US calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

Refuting Iranian claims that its illicit missile tests are defensive in nature, Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook vowed tough reprisals for Iran's most recent missile tests, which are among the most provocative in recent memory.

"Our support for [the Iran nuclear accord] in no way lessens our concern at Iran's destabilizing missile program and determination that it should cease", Mr. Hunt added.

"It is a grave and escalating threat, and nations around the world, not just Europe, need to do everything they can to be targeting Iran's missile program", he said.

The Iranian regime test fired a medium-range ballistic missile that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday could strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East.

We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. "Three days later, they test launched another medium range ballistic missile".

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In a statement issued on Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile, violating a United Nations resolution.

Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is not up for negotiation.

"We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence", he warned.

Pompeo told an audience of diplomats and foreign military officials that the Trump administration will not accept such transgressions and is acting to reform institutions that have formed the basis of the post-World War II global order.

Resolution 2231 was passed in 2015 to endorse the freshly-signed deal between Iran and leading world nations (known as JPOC).

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He also criticized the allies for suggesting the US was acting unilaterally when comes to key countries like Iran and China.

In response, Fitzpatrick wrote, "Not to excuse Iran's missile test, but it is not a "violation" of UNSCR 2231, which only "calls upon" Iran not conduct such tests".

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pictured in front of a menorah on the second night of the Hanukkah festival, during their meeting on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation conference in Brussels, Belgium, on December 3, 2018. Adversaries and allies alike have denounced perceived US unilateralism and the disregarding of established global diplomatic bodies.

European leaders are troubled by Trump's rhetoric and say that his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal undermine European priorities.

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo offered an unabashed defense of President Donald Trump's world view during a speech in Brussels on Tuesday. He added that while the strategic threat from Iran was less significant globally than the one from North Korea, he said it was regionally significant.

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