Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran missile test not a 'violation' of UNSCR 2231

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"We don't see any limitations for ourselves in this field", he added.

Zarif recalled that the United States re-imposing of unilateral sanctions against Iran was already a violation of Security Council Resolution 22-31.

Iran says its missile program is purely defensive but has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf, if the United States tries to strangle Iranian oil exports.

Senior U.S. officials confirmed early Monday that Iran has successfully test-fired multiple nuclear-capable missiles in violation of United Nations restrictions on such activity, drawing a fierce reaction from the Trump administration, which will pressure European leaders this week to take immediate action aimed at countering Iran's latest military moves.

In this file picture taken on November 26, 2018, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the UN Security Council during a UNSC meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations in NY, the United States.


The UN body adopted the resolution, which endorsed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2015.

Nasirzadeh did not give details on how far Iran would like to increase that range, according to the Fars report.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran's test of "a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads ... violates UNSCR 2231".

In this photo released on October 1, 2018, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Hook said "progress" was being made on getting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to consider a proposal to target individuals and entities that play key roles in Iran's missile programme. It has also warned of severe penalties for the companies that evade the bans and engage in business with Iran.


Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is now one of the world's topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

U.S. President Donald Trump's top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison worldwide agreements as it sees fit to stop "bad actors" such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining. Iran hit back, saying the accusation from deal-breaking Washington was surreal.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, the White House's point man on curbing Iranian aggression across the globe, said Thursday that Washington stands prepared to use forces to curtail such weapons development activities.

Pompeo is expected to raise the issue of Iran's missile activity during meetings Monday and Tuesday with European officials.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that when treaties are broken, the violators must be "confronted, and the treaties must be fixed or discarded". We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence.


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