Iran May Have Broken Missile Sanctions, So The UN Is Going To Talk About It (Again)

Russ Read | Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting in response to Iran’s ballistic missile test, Fox News reported Tuesday.

The U.S. requested the meeting in response to Iran’s launch of a medium-range ballistic missile Sunday, which may be a direct violation of United Nations (U.N.) sanctions. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to be in attendance at the Tuesday night meeting. Iran’s test is the first during the Trump administration and the fifth since it signed a key nuclear agreement with the U.S., Germany, U.K., France, Russia and China.

Iran’s last known missile test occurred in July, two days before the first anniversary of the inking of the JCPOA. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which went into effect shortly after the signing of the deal, specifically “called upon” Iran not to test any missiles designed to carry nuclear weapons. The U.N. has yet to take any decisive action on Iran’s missile tests, despite repeated violations.

Iran denies any violation of the resolution, claiming that the missiles being tested are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, responded to the test with condemnation.

“No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations, continued support of terrorism, human rights abuses and other hostile activities that threaten international peace and security,” said Corker in a statement.

Department of State spokesman Mark Toner said Iran would be held “accountable” for any tests in violation of the resolution, but did not not mention whether the U.S. would take unilateral action or defer to the U.N.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who participated in the nuclear negotiations, warned the U.S. Tuesday against using the missile tests “as pretext to create new tensions.”

President Donald Trump promised during his campaign that he would tear up the nuclear agreement with Iran, but his team later walked back those comments.

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