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Iran Ballistic Missile Test Violates UN Resolution, Pompeo Says

Iran Ballistic Missile Test Violates UN Resolution, Pompeo Says

Iran has long refused to compromise on its missile development programs, recently revealing that the country's missile forces can deliver a payload at a distance of some 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran had test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying several warheads.

France "calls on Iran to immediately cease all activity linked to ballistic missiles conceived to carry nuclear weapons, including all launches using ballistic missile technology", it said.

For the last 12 years, the UN Security Council has been telling the Iranian regime to stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, and Iran continues to defy the UN Security Council, which is acting like an outlaw regime.

The resolution says Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

On Monday night, Pompeo told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the deal, that the USA was committed to "confronting the totality of the Iranian regime's threats through maximum pressure", during talks in Brussels on joint efforts to curb Iranian aggression in the region, including by reining in Lebanon's Hezbollah terror group.

His comments Thursday were only the latest in a series of harsh rebukes by the Trump White House against Tehran's vigorous pursuit of its interests across the globe, since the administration's withdrawal from the landmark Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.

The United States is calling on the European Union to enact its own set of sanctions targeting Iran following Tehran's test of a missile this past weekend.

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Echoing Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis denounced Iran for test firing the missile.

"While [the United States] itself violates [UN Security Council resolution] 2231 - and even threatens to punish those who don't wish to violate it in abiding with illegal US sanctions - it now falsely accuses Iran of violating the very SAME resolution", Mr. Zarif added.

The remarks from Paris and London will be seen by the U.S. government as the first sign that its key European partners may yet be persuaded to view Iran's broader behaviour as so risky that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified.

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 global sanctions.

Pompeo criticised Iran and China in his speech, rejecting suggestions that Washington was acting unilaterally.

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from JCPOA, asserting that the agreement is flawed and failed to address the threats posed by the Shiite regime.

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program.

Mattis said "the threat from Iran is multifaceted", adding that "right now the strategic level of threat from Iran is less worldwide than Korea's, but it is certainly significant regionally and it could grow beyond that if it's not dealt with".