"Will Continue Missile Tests": Iran On US Allegation Of UN Law Breach

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. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels to attend a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the worldwide agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

US Strategic Command tracked the Iranian missile test using a satellite network that traces ballistic missile launches, a senior administration official told CNN.

"No resolution at the UN Security Council has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests", Qasemi added.

On Thursday, the administration accused Iran of violating a United Nations ban on arms exports by sending rockets and other weapons to rebels in Afghanistan and Yemen, and showed weapons and fragments seized that it said provided "irrefutable evidence" that Iran's activity is getting worse in the region.

Trump announced in May that his administration was withdrawing from what he called the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the USA and reimposed sanctions on Iran in August.

Iran has test-fired a missile allegedly capable of hitting Europe.

"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed based on the needs of the country", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the ministry's website.

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Iran says its missile programme is purely defensive and denies the intent of developing nuclear weapons.

"Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war". He said:"Missile tests are carried out for defence and the country's deterrence and we will continue this".

President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, approved before he took office, in May and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal is a joint agreement between Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia - which used to include the United States - in which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment programme in exchange for an end to worldwide sanctions.

He wrote: "The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads".

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program. This test violates UNSCR 2231.

"Iran has defensive needs", Zarif said.

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