US Ambassador to UN: Iran’s Missile Test Is Dangerous, Troubling

US Ambassador to UN: Iran’s Missile Test Is Dangerous, Troubling

Wednesday, 5 December, 2018 - 10:30
UN Security Council (File Photo: Reuters)
New York– Ali Barada
The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss Iran's latest missile test. The meeting was requested by UN Ambassadors of France Francois Delattre and Britain Karen Pierce who reminded Tehran with Resolution 2231 that calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.

Delattre described the meeting as “useful” but could not confirm if the issue would be debated further, adding there was a "widely-shared concern" about the matter.

He criticized Iran’s missile activity and renewed France's call to Tehran to halt all activities related to its missile program.

“We, as France, call on Iran to immediately cease any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology,” he added.

In response to a question by Asharq Al-Awsat, Delattre asserted that Paris will follow this matter.

“There is no doubt about that. We will see how this will be reflected in the Security Council. It is our responsibility to do so."

Ambassador Pierce stated that several states in the closed meeting pointed out that under a 2015 UN resolution, Iran is called upon to refrain from developing its ballistic missiles to deliver nuclear weapons.

“There is no legitimate reason why Iran should flout the resolution,” she noted.

“If you wanted to demonstrate to the international community that you were a responsible member of it and you were genuinely interested in regional peace and security, these are not the sorts of missiles you would be test launching,” the Ambassador addressed Tehran.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a statement saying Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile in defiance of Resolution 2231.

She welcomed the initiative of the United Kingdom and France in requesting the discussion.

Haley described Iran’s recent ballistic missile test as “dangerous and concerning, but not surprising.”

“The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran’s deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy international norms.”

She warned that the international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions.

“If the Security Council is serious about holding Iran accountable and enforcing our resolutions, then at a minimum we should be able to deliver a unanimous condemnation of this provocative missile test,” she warned.

Prior to the meeting, Paris and London echoed warnings issued by the US administration that Tehran might be in violation to its obligations to the international community by conducting an experiment on medium-range missiles capable of carrying a number of warheads.

US officials believe that this is the first sign EU partners have become convinced that they should consider Iran’s destabilizing role in the Middle East.

Washington said Saturday's missile test violated Resolution 2231 issued and ratified in the 2015 agreement.

US 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.

He explained that this test violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

France’s Foreign Ministry said it was concerned by the test-firing describing it as "provocative and destabilizing" and "does not conform" with UN Resolution 2231 on the Iran deal.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called the missile test "provocative, threatening and inconsistent" with the Resolution and said Britain was determined "that it should cease."

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