The Iranian mission to the United Nations claimed that describing Iran's ballistic missile program as inconsistent with United Nations resolution 2231, which was passed as part of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers, or as a regional threat was "a deceptive and hostile policy of the U.S". U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels to attend a two-day meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers.
He said the test violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal signed by world powers with the Islamic republic.
Warning that Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing, Pompeo condemned Tehran's actions and called for an immediate halt to "all activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons". The comparatively weak language has led to some differences of interpretation, and these were highlighted on Tuesday when the Security Council held a closed-door meeting at the request of the French and British governments, both of which have previously expressed concern over the Iranian ballistic missile program and the regime's destabilizing influence over the broader region.
His remarks were backed up by the United Kingdom representative on the EU's political and security committee, Paul Johnston, who said it was important to address the breadth of the Iranian challenge, and added that "important discussions would be held at the European Union foreign affairs council on December 10".
She went on to accuse the worldwide community of turning a blind eye to violations and malign activities of the kind that the Trump administration used to pull out of the nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May.
The missile, according to the statement from Pompeo, had the capability of carrying multiple warheads and "has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East". Yet, they also neither confirmed, nor denied the test. But the separate continued development of Iran's missile programme is unsafe and provocative.
Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, criticised Iran's missile activity and described Tuesday's meeting as useful but could not confirm if the issue would be debated further.
Iran's missile programme and regional interference were described as factors in the US' decision to pull out of the pact. "Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231". As Washington, D.C., moves forward with a bevy of new sanctions on Iran, some European allies have continued to balk the USA administration, seeking avenues to preserve the nuclear pact and ensure economic ties with Tehran remain open.
UN Security Council resolution 2231 enshrined Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, in which Tehran curbed its disputed uranium-enrichment program in exchange for an end to global sanctions.
Envoys from European countries blasted a current Iranian missile test as conflicting with a chief U.N. Security Council decision as they grapple to retain the Iran deal unharmed amidst USA pressure to get going on Islamic regime.
Dated November 20, the letter related to Zolfaqar and Qiam missiles launched on September 30 and October 1 on targets in the town of Hajin in Deir Ezzor governorate in Syria.