Sat, 20 Jul 2019

The United Nations Security Council is meeting behind closed-doors on December 4 to discuss Iran's latest missile test, which the United States and other allies said may have been in violation of a three-year-old council resolution.

Ahead of the session, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council to condemn Iran's weekend ballistic missile test, which she described as 'dangerous and concerning.'

'The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran's deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy international norms,' Haley said in a statement. 'The international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions.'

France has described the test as 'provocative and destabilizing' and said it did not 'conform' with UN resolution 2231, which was passed in 2015 as part of the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also called the test 'provocative, threatening, and inconsistent' with the resolution and said London was determined 'that it should cease.'

Iran says its missile program is defensive and not aimed at building an arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles.

On December 3, the U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, urged the European Union to impose new sanctions on Iran, calling the program a 'grave and escalating threat.'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said the ballistic missile was capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Europe and the entire Middle East.

The United States in May said it was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and moving to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, angering Washington's European allies.

With reporting by AFP RFE/RL

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