The United States has asked the UN Security Council to discuss Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches during a meeting on Monday, the US ambassador said.
The United States is “deeply concerned” about the missile tests “which are provocative and destabilizing,” Samantha Power said in a statement on Friday. Iran fired two long-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday and similar tests were carried out on Tuesday, less than two months after the Iran nuclear deal was implemented.
Power said Iranian military leaders had claimed that the missiles were designed to be a direct threat to Israel and added: “We condemn such threats against another UN member-state and one of our closest allies.”Under the nuclear deal with Iran that came into force January 16, most sanctions resolutions against Tehran were annulled.
But an arms embargo and restrictions on ballistic missile technology capable of carrying a nuclear warhead remain in place, under Resolution 2231.
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