Pompeo calls on Iran to cease missile activity; US to release further info on test in coming days; Pompeo: Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing…
The United States condemned Iran for a recent ballistic missile test capable of carrying several warheads.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the medium-range ballistic missile test over the weekend, calling on the Islamic Republic to “cease these activities”. Pompeo confirmed Saturday “The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that’s capable of carrying multiple warheads. This test violates UNSCR 2231.”
More information on the test will be given in the coming days.
Iran is forbidden from testing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolution 2231 and the nuclear deal with world powers.
Pompeo added, “As we have been warning for some time, Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing. We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
On May 8, the Trump Administration withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with world powers. It placed its first round of stringent sanctions on the Islamic Republic in August. The sanctions include restrictions on purchasing US dollars, trade on gold and precious metals and the sale and trade of graphite and metals. The second wave of sanctions went into effect early November and targets Iran’s exports and oil industries and financial sector.