US takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

US takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

"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 will continue to both develop and test missiles".

Their comments came in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims that Iran's missile development work was in violation of the terms included in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. The Trump White House officially withdrew from the pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May.

The senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces also said on Sunday that the country would continue to test and develop its missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by U.S. officials.

Launch of an Iranian Emad missile - a precision-guided, intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The resolution says Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

France and the UK have echoed warnings by Donald Trump's administration that Iran may be in breach of United Nations obligations by testing medium-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying multiple warheads.

"We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence", he warned.

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"I want to thank you for everything that you're doing, for your strong statements on the latest violation by Iran on the ballistic missiles", said Netanyahu, ahead of a planned meeting with Pompeo in Brussels.

He also criticized the allies for suggesting the US was acting unilaterally when comes to key countries like Iran and China.

"There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran", state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

CNN argued that the United Nations resolution 2231, which endorsed the implementation of the controversial Iran nuclear deal, does not explicitly prohibit Iran from undertaking any activity related to the testing of ballistic missiles to the dismay of opponents of the pact, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US secretary of state blamed Iran and China for instability in the world at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels. This test violates UNSCR 2231. The president withdrew the USA from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's atomic weapons program. 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.

Pompeo has been pressing Germany, France and the United Kingdom to join the U.S. in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear accord signed during the presidency of Barack Obama in 2015.

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

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