UN asked to take action against Iran for recent missile test while Obama signs nuke deal
The United States, France, Britain and Germany asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to investigate and take “appropriate action” against Iran for conducting a ballistic missile test earlier this month, which they say violated U.N. sanctions.
A report to the council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran from the four countries, which U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power raised at a council meeting, said the medium-range missile launched by Iran on Oct. 10 “is inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”
It said the missile firing is “a serious violation” of a Security Council resolution adopted on June 9, 2010 that bans Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”
The launch was Iran’s first missile test since the historic nuclear deal reached July 14 between Iran and six world powers – the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China.
While condemning the ballistic missile test, the United States has made clear that it is “entirely separate” from the nuclear deal…
Last Friday, after Power announced that the U.S. had determined that the test violated U.N. sanctions, President Barack Obama said “Iran has often violated some of the prohibitions surrounding missile testing.”
Obama said the Iran nuclear deal was never intended to resolve the range of other issues where the U.S. and Iran have significant differences, including ballistic missiles.
… Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan, told state television after the launch that the liquid-fuel missile “will obviously boost the strategic deterrence capability of our armed forces.” He said the missile, named Emad or “pillar” in Farsi, was a technological achievement for Iran – able to be controlled until the moment of impact and to hit targets “with high precision.”