US urges Europe to impose sanctions on Iran over missiles

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Iran vows to continue missile tests following U.S. allegation

It does not, in fact, ban Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles, a point of criticism for opponents of the deal.

The president withdrew the USA from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's atomic weapons program.

Warning that Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing, Pompeo condemned Tehran's actions and called for an immediate halt to "all activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Pompeo's statements "did not accord with the spirit" of the meeting just days earlier between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Argentina.

The United States is pressing the European Union to consider economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday (4 December), warning of a wider regional conflict if Tehran's ambitions remain unchecked.

British Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters that the missile test is "inconsistent" with the resolution, but the United Kingdom wants to know "exactly what happened and then we will reach a judgment about how we want to characterize it".

Tehran has made no secret of its vigorous pursuit of a greater regional presence, and Saturday's missile launch is arguably emblematic of this effort.

Russia, he said, is violating key arms control treaties and undermining the sovereignty of its neighbors, while Iran is flouting U.N. Security Council resolutions.

On Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of a United Nations resolution, while Iran said its missile program was purely defensive in nature and exclusively for the defense of the country.

Iran has neither confirmed nor denied the test and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back on Twitter: "Making a mockery of the [Security Council] won't obscure failure to fulfill obligations [and] to hold U.S. to account over non-compliance..." "Increase your capability and readiness as much as you can", Khamenei said in a speech before naval officials, adding that new ships and submarines should serve to extend the Iranian military's influence well beyond the nation's borders and the Persian Gulf.

US President Donald Trump is building a new world order upheld by American leadership and democracy, his secretary of state told diplomats at an event in Brussels on Tuesday, blaming Iran and China for instability in the world.

"This is a grave and escalating threat and we need to restore deterrents against Iran's missile programme".

Hook said Tehran was making transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi forces in Yemen and Lebanon's Iranian-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah, a position that European powers privately agree on.

Iran was also a topic of conversation when Pompeo met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels on Monday night.

"We have a legal and religious duty to reduce the income pressure on the people". The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are - the more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done"The central question that we face is the question of whether the system as now configured, as it exists today, and as the world exists today, does it work?"

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