U.S. calls on Europe to implement its own sanctions against Iran

U.S. calls on Europe to implement its own sanctions against Iran

He made the remarks in reaction to comments made by the officials of certain Western countries as well as a request by the United Kingdom and France for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the Islamic Republic's missile program. 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.

In this sense, Saturday's launch was in tension with United Nations Security Council 2231, which oversaw the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and separately "called upon" the Islamic Republic to avoid work on all weapons that are created to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload. "Iran's continued testing and proliferation of ballistic missiles shows that the Iran deal has not moderated the Iranian regime as some had hoped".

After the United States disclosure, Iran admitted to the test, saying that it would continue testing ballistic missiles, but denied that it was violating the resolution.

Hook said USA discussions with the Europeans about missile sanctions are gaining traction.

Pompeo is expected to raise the issue of Iran's missile activity during meetings Monday and Tuesday with European officials.

It further noted that the United States unlawfully quit the nuclear agreement, and is in absolute violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"If the Security Council is serious about holding Iran accountable and enforcing our resolutions, then at a minimum we should be able to deliver a unanimous condemnation of this provocative missile test", said Ambassador Haley.

Shekarchi said such activity "is outside the framework of [nuclear] negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission".

The alleged test comes amid heightened U.S. pressure on Iran, as well as repeated attempts by United States officials to persuade its European allies to stop doing business with Tehran in line with renewed USA sanctions on the country, which came into force on 4 November.

"There is no legitimate reason why Iran should flout the resolution and why their spokesman should pretend that the resolution doesn't call on them not to develop such missiles", Pierce said.

Those US sanctions have targeted Iran's critical oil sector, as well as several major Iranian banks and other industries.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program", Hook told reporters.

Tehran has never planned to and will not make missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.

However, diplomacy with Iran is highly sensitive for the European Union because Brussels considers the 2015 pact to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon as the bloc's biggest foreign policy achievement in decades and does not want it to collapse.

Netanyahu made an unexpected trip to Brussels on Monday afternoon for the meeting with Pompeo, who is in Belgium for talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts.

Pompeo's speech came as NATO foreign ministers meet to discuss the latest tensions with Moscow after a naval clash between Russian Federation and Ukraine and with a landmark Cold War arms control treaty hanging by a thread.

This pressure, together with more broad-minded pressure from the White House, may serve to amplify the "cracks" that Fox News reported to be showing in the "Iran deal coalition" on Tuesday. "This is the most important thing that we must do and the government is putting forth all its efforts on this issue".

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