Israel calls “on the international community to react firmly and decisively against further Iranian missile launches and Iran’s continuing development of ground-to-ground missiles”; France “If necessary, sanctions will be taken”.
Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Israeli diplomats to begin lobbying the international community to punish Iran violating the terms of its nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran tested ballistic missiles twice on Wednesday of last week, violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. The missiles tested had the statement “Israel must be wiped out” on them, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, stating on the launches “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”
The Israel Foreign Ministry released the following statement on the event:
“Israel condemns the recent Iranian ballistic missile test launches. The range of these missiles includes all of Israel and large parts of the Middle East, a region currently engaged in a bloody conflict resulting in waves of refugees fleeing to countries in the region and in Europe. The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stated to the media that most of Iran’s missile arsenal covers Israeli territory.
The test firing of ballistic missiles constitutes a gross violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, which confirmed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the powers. The resolution restricts Iran from launching missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead – the same missiles that Iran test-fired this week. The development of ground-to-ground missiles with nuclear warhead capability calls into question Iran’s’ intentions to comply in full with the nuclear agreement.
Iran continues to dismiss the international community’s demands and to develop its aggressive capabilities. It seems the Zarif-Rouhani “smile campaign” is nothing more than a smoke screen to disguise the real intentions of the ayatollah regime.
Israel calls on the international community to react firmly and decisively against further Iranian missile launches and Iran’s continuing development of ground-to-ground missiles – a violation of the Security Council resolution. Iran’s ballistic missile program must stop.”
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, submitted a letter to the Security Council that “The test firing of ballistic missiles constitutes a gross violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. Iran continues to disregard its obligations to UN resolutions. This latest provocation makes it clear that the ‘smile campaign’ of the current regime is nothing more than a smokescreen to disguise the real intentions of the ayatollah regime,” calling on the Council to “not stand by in silence when one member state of the United Nations calls for the annihilation of another member state continues to disregard it obligations to the international community to develop its aggressive capabilities.”
Following Israel’s efforts to lobby support from the international community to punish Iran for violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231, France reported Sunday that it may pursue sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry with France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on resumption of talks on Syria in Paris Sunday, Ayrault stated that “If necessary, sanctions will be taken”.