U.S. calls on Europe to implement its own sanctions against Iran

U.S. calls on Europe to implement its own sanctions against Iran

U.S. calls on Europe to implement its own sanctions against Iran

Iran maintains that no UNSC resolution bans the country's defensive missile program or its missile tests. It does not, in fact, ban Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles, a point of criticism for opponents of the deal.

Tehran will "continue to both develop and test missiles", he also said, adding that 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".

"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", Hook said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is taking aim at China, Iran and Russian Federation for violating numerous treaties and multi-state agreements.

"We have been warning the world for some time that we are accumulating risk of a regional conflict if we do not deter Iran's missile testing and proliferation", he said.

Mark Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says despite Washington's claims, Iran's missile testing activities do not violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet.

"The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran's deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy global norms", US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.

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"I want to thank you for everything that you're doing, for your strong statements on the latest violation by Iran on the ballistic missiles", said Netanyahu, ahead of a planned meeting with Pompeo in Brussels.

The remaining five signatories to the nuclear deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - have backed an European Union effort to set up a special payment system in a bid to maintain trade and business ties with Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event at the Concert Noble in Brussels, Belgium, on December 4, 2018.

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range nuclear-capable missile on Saturday, diplomats said.

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

She added, "The worldwide community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions". US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, addressing a security forum in California, said the Iranian launch was significant and was a reminder that Tehran was unlikely to be deterred from pursuing missile technology or supporting militant proxies. It shows that our best efforts to try to talk them out of their aggressive support of terrorism is probably going to be as unsuccessful as the U.N.'s effort to stop them from launching missiles.

Back in May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA despite objections from the other signatories to the nuclear deal.

The United States decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

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