US calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

Iran on Saturday test-fired a missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. We will continue to both test and develop missiles", Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said, adding, "This issue is outside the framework of any negotiations and is part of our national security.

The test violated a Security Council resolution that calls on Iran not to pursue "any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology".

"Our support for [the Iran nuclear accord] in no way lessens our concern at Iran's destabilizing missile program and determination that it should cease", Mr. Hunt added.

"We have been warning the world for some time that we are accumulating risk of a regional conflict if we do not deter Iran's missile testing and proliferation", he said.

The launch itself did not appear to determine any capabilities that the United States was not aware of and it did not pose a direct threat, according to a defense official directly familiar with the initial data from the launch.

Despite U.S. condemnation of its missile program, the Iranian military affirmed that it will keep conducting tests, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Monday.

Washington´s Iran special envoy Brian Hook insisted that despite Tehran´s assertions to the contrary, Iran´s missile tests were not defensive in nature. "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war".

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.

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

The test violates a UN Security Council resolution that bans Iran from any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, according to Pompeo.

Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is purely defensive and denied its missiles are capable of being tipped with nuclear warheads.

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said. It also calls all member states to refrain from actions that undermine implementation of JCPOA commitments.

Hook spoke during a flight with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231. He added that while the strategic threat from Iran was less significant globally than the one from North Korea, he said it was regionally significant.

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