Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

US Urges Europe To Implement Sanctions Against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2018, 11:30

He said that "Russia hasn't embraced Western values of freedom and global cooperation" and added that "Iran has blatantly disregarded U.N. Security Council resolutions". The deal was meant to ensure that Iran would not attempt to secretly develop nuclear weapons, an ambition that the country always denied having.

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".

In response to that, Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said that the country would continue missile tests to improve its defense capabilities. The comparatively weak language has led to some differences of interpretation, and these were highlighted on Tuesday when the Security Council held a closed-door meeting at the request of the French and British governments, both of which have previously expressed concern over the Iranian ballistic missile program and the regime's destabilizing influence over the broader region. The agreement does not bar Western powers or the United Nations from imposing additional sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities such as ballistic missile tests, support of terrorism, and human rights violations.

In Iran's transparent missile and defence policies, he said, there is no design and plan for having missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and there won't be any in the future.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said the ballistic missile was capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Europe and the entire Middle East.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran on Sunday refused to confirm if the missile test had taken place.

FILE - United Kingdom Ambassador Karen Pierce address a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, October 23, 2018.

Nikki Haley, the outgoing United States 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".

US President Donald Trump is building a new world order upheld by American leadership and democracy, his secretary of state told diplomats at an event in Brussels on Tuesday, blaming Iran and China for instability in the world.

Most U.N. sanctions were lifted in 2016 under a deal Iran made with world powers to curb its nuclear programme.

France's United Nations envoy said there was "widely-shared concern" among the 15 council members related to the launch.

There has been anger in Europe at Washington's abrupt withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal - derided by Trump as a failure but still cherished by many in Brussels as a crowning achievement of European Union diplomacy.

The president withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's atomic weapons program. It's all coming from Iran. Iran must halt these destabilising and provocative acts.

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