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U.S. takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

05 December 2018
U.S. takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran's defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

The language of the United Nations resolution "calls on" rather than "forbids" Iran from testing its missiles, according to Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council. "We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

The Iranian regime test fired a medium-range ballistic missile that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday could strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East.

The U.S. condemned Iran's growing missile proliferation and called for the country to "cease immediately" testing and other activities related to the weapons.

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", he said.

"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.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo offered an unabashed defense of President Donald Trump's world view during a speech in Brussels on Tuesday.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, criticised Iran's missile programme at the weekend and will be at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels over the next two days to underline his message about the threat to Middle East stability posed by Iran.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile programme", Hook told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane as he travelled to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting.

And while Pompeo claimed the test violated United Nations resolution 2231, the launch does not constitute a violation of the United Nations measure, according to the language of the resolution.

France said it was concerned by the test, with the foreign ministry describing it as "provocative and destabilizing" and saying it "does not conform" with United Nations resolution 2231 on the Iran deal.

The language of the U.N. Security Council Resolution "calls on" rather than "forbids" Iran from testing its missiles, according to Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council. The agreement has the backing of most major USA allies, apart from Israel, though many in Israel's defense establishment supported it.

On Sunday, Iran also unveiled its new domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties. "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 UN's effort to stop them from launching missiles", Mattis said.

"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", he added. The European parties to the nuclear deal have refused to pull out and said they would seek ways to continue trade with Iran. "Iran is on the wrong track and our campaign of maximum economic pressure is created to starve the regime of the revenue it needs to test missiles and proliferate missiles, support terrorism, conduct cyber attacks, [and] conduct acts of maritime aggression".