US and allies call for UN sanctions against Iran over ballistic missile test

Published March 30th, 2016 - 08:51 GMT
An undate picture released in October 2015 by the Iranian Defence Ministry purports to show the ballistic missile tests. (AFP/File)
An undate picture released in October 2015 by the Iranian Defence Ministry purports to show the ballistic missile tests. (AFP/File)

The United States and three allies late Tuesday called for a Security Council meeting to respond to Iran's recent ballistic missile tests, which they said were carried out in defiance of a U.N. resolution.

A report from the U.S., France, Britain and Germany called the launches are "destabilizing and provocative." It said the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile and Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile fired by Iran are "inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons." The report from the four Western nations was sent to Spain's U.N. ambassador who has been designated by the Security Council to receive communications about Iran's compliance with the resolution.

It asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report fully and thoroughly on Iranian ballistic missile activity inconsistent with the council resolution, and for the Security Council to discuss appropriate responses.

The four nations condemned the threats against Israel in Iranian statements about the launches.


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