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UN asked to take action against Iran for recent missile test

Britain, France, Germany, US demand Security Council investigate Oct 10 launch of new medium-range ballistic missile

Screen capture of an Iranian missile launch, October 10, 2015 (YouTube: PressTV News Videos)
Screen capture of an Iranian missile launch, October 10, 2015 (YouTube: PressTV News Videos)

Britain, France, Germany and the United States on Wednesday asked a UN Security Council sanctions committee to investigate Iran’s recent missile test, branding it a serious violation of UN resolutions.

US Ambassador Samantha Power told the council that the medium-range ballistic missile launched on October 10 was capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

The four countries presented a report to the sanctions committee making the case that the missile test was a “serious violation” and requesting “appropriate action”, according to a joint letter obtained by AFP.

Power called it a “provocative launch” and said the “United States considers it to be a serious matter” that undermines regional stability.

A report to the council committee says the medium-range missile fired by Iran on Oct. 10 “is inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”

It says this violates a June 9, 2010 council resolution that bans Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”

The launch was Iran’s first missile test since the historic nuclear deal reached July 14 between Iran and world powers.

The request to the committee marks a first step toward possible sanctions, although such a decision would require agreement from China and Russia.

The four countries took part along with China and Russia in successful negotiations to reach a historic deal with Iran in July that calls for lifting sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program.

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters that there was no deadline for the committee to report back to the 15-member Security Council on its findings, but that there was a “clear sense of urgency.”

Iran on Saturday denied that the missile launch was in violation of UN resolutions, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that it was not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Iran insists it has no plans to develop atomic weapons.

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