Iran Ballistic Missile Test Violates UN Resolution, Pompeo Says

US slams Iranian medium range ballistic missile test

"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed based on the needs of the country", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the ministry's website.

The test violates a UN Security Council resolution that bans Iran from any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, according to Pompeo.

Iran's missile programme is defensive in nature.

In late March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underscored the need for boosting Iran's defense capabilities, warning that enemies are making use of every tool available to undermine the Islamic Republic. Pompeo's statement provided few details about the latest Iranian missile test.

Resolution 2231 was the Security Council's endorsement of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which the Trump administration withdrew the USA from in May.

"We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

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Iran has test-fired a missile allegedly capable of hitting Europe.

Under the UN resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons. "The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet. The European parties to the nuclear deal have refused to pull out and said they would seek ways to continue trade with Iran.

Separately, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of arming militant groups which fight against the Tehran-backed Syrian government and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen.

"There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran". "This test violates UNSCR 2231", he added, citing the United Nations Security Council's endorsement of the global nuclear agreement. "It shows that our best efforts to try to talk them out of their aggressive support of terrorism is probably going to be as unsuccessful as the UN's effort to stop them from launching missiles", Mattis said.

He added: "Our support for the Iran nuclear accord in no way lessens our concern at Iran's destabilising missile program and determination that it should cease".

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