US to raise Iran missile test at UN

United States to raise Iran missile test, tells UN Security Council to review in order to identify whether or not test will break UN resolution

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Iran most likely violated the United Nations Security Council resolution as it tested a long-range ballistic missile and that the incident would be notified to Security Council.

 “It’s deeply concerning that this latest violation does appear to be a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 and we’ll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

He added “We’re going to raise the incident at the UN and then we’ll continue to do this for any and all Iranian violations of UN Security Council resolutions.”

Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft also stated “the existing [sanctions] architecture remains in place” for the time being, adding that the council’s Iran sanctions committee should investigate the claims over Iran’s missile test.

Iran had tested a brand new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal although it has been forbidden for Iran in terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1929.

According to the Council resolution approved in July following the historic nuclear deal was declared, Iran will maintain to be “called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons” for eight years.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "The UN Security Council resolution actually gives the international community some tools to interdict some equipment and material that could be used to advance their ballistic missile program."

Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told the Iranian state TV that the liquid-fuel missile "will obviously boost the strategic deterrence capability of our armed forces."

He gave some details and said the missile, named Emad, was a technological victory for Iran and can be controlled until it finds its targets with high precision. This is "the country' first long-range missile with navigation and strike controlling capability." Dehghan added.

Iran reached a long sought nuclear deal with world powers in July of this year. The deal between Iran and six world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from the economic sanctions, which have long crippled its economy.

TRTWorld and agencies