After missile test, Israel’s ambassador urges UN to act against Iran’s ‘aggression’
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After missile test, Israel’s ambassador urges UN to act against Iran’s ‘aggression’

Tehran's ballistic missile development 'endangers not only Israel, but entire Middle East,' says Danny Danon

Israel ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses the UN Security Council on January 17, 2017 (Courtesy)
Israel ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses the UN Security Council on January 17, 2017 (Courtesy)

The Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations on Monday called on the UN Security Council to act immediately in response to American reports that Iran tested a 4,000 kilometer range (2,500 miles) ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“Iran has once again defied Security Council resolutions and revealed its true intentions,” said Danny Danon.

“The international community must not bury its head in the sand in the face of this Iranian aggression. The Security Council members must act immediately in response to these Iranian actions, which endanger not only Israel, but the entire Middle East,” he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran and said he would discuss with Trump a reevaluation of the “entire failed nuclear accord” that the Obama Administration and other P5+1 countries agreed with Iran in 2015.

A ballistic missile is seen in what Iran says is an underground base, in an undisclosed location in the country. The base is said to be buried 500 meters below ground. (Screen capture PressTV)
A ballistic missile is seen in what Iran says is an underground base, in an undisclosed location in the country. The base is said to be buried 500 meters below ground. (Screen capture PressTV)

The missile test, which Fox News reported took place on Sunday, was unsuccessful; the Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles and then exploded, it said, citing US officials. Israel’s Channel 10 television said the failed test actually took place about 10 days ago. It said the Iranians were plainly “testing Trump,” who last week, in a phone conversation with Netanyahu, said the two would consult closely to address “the threats posed by Iran.”

UN Resolution 2231, which was passed shortly after the nuclear deal was signed in July 2015, calls on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran argues that because the nuke deal forbids it from pursuing a nuclear weapon, no ballistic missile is capable of carrying atomic arms that don’t exist, and thus tests of such missiles are not prevented by the UN resolution.

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