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

05 December 2018

"Missile tests ... are carried out for defense and the country's deterrence, and we will continue this", Iranian military spokesman Brig.

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. The US pulled out of the deal in May this year, accusing Iran of violating the terms of the deal by continuing its missile development and of threatening regional stability.

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.

"As we have been warning for some time, Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing", Pompeo said.

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 Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads".

Pompeo's statement comes after the US and Chinese leaders' working dinner on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on 1 December, during which US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone increasing the tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent, initially planned to go through on January 1. "It will require an assertive America and leadership from not only my country but of democracies around the world", Mike Pompeo said in a foreign policy speech.

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Despite the U.S. president's mantra "America First", Mr Pompeo said Washington was acting unilaterally - as he blamed Iran and China for global instability.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second left, arrives for a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. It has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N.'s top human rights and educational agencies and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.

Top US and United Kingdom officials have accused Tehran of violating a UN Security Council resolution which endorsed an global nuclear deal. "This test violates UNSCR 2231", he added, citing the United Nations Security Council's endorsement of the worldwide nuclear agreement. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, addressing a security forum in California, said the Iranian launch was significant and was a reminder that Tehran was unlikely to be deterred from pursuing missile technology or supporting militant proxies.

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program.

Insisting it would only use missiles for defensive purposes, Iran has repeatedly rejected negotiations over its missile program.

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