U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the UN Security Council that Washington would seek to work with the 15-member body to reimpose ballistic-missile restrictions on Iran. In his December 12 address to the council meeting on Iran, Pompeo also said a UN arms embargo on Tehran should not be lifted in 2020.
Like other #UNSC meetings on #Iran in the last 2 years, 14 members supported #IranDeal while US attacked it. Pompeo isolated on this today as well. EU joined on expressing concern on missiles but were not shy to say US endangering non proliferation/security by violating the deal. pic.twitter.com/7cabXrb501— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) December 12, 2018
"We risk the security of our people if Iran continues stocking up on
ballistic missiles," Pompeo said.
Iran has "hundreds of missiles which pose a threat to our partners in the region," Pompeo said, referring to Israel and Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia.
He called on the Security Council to establish "inspection and interdiction measures in ports and on the high seas to thwart Iran's continuing efforts to circumvent arms restrictions."
"We risk escalation of conflict in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. And we convey to all other malign actors that they, too, can defy the Security Council with impunity if we do nothing," he said.
I'm worried that @SecPompeo and John Bolton are pushing war with Iran under the pretext of preventing war. Pompeo's address to the UNSC today repeats the phrase "if we fail to restore deterrence." He's not talking sanctions. He wants interdiction of Iranian ships - and more.— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) December 12, 2018
Asked Sec. #Pompeo at the #UNSC today what is the next step if sanctions and pressure campaign fails to result in #Iran leaving the deal or change its regional behavior? Is war coming? He didn't really address my question & attacked the #IranDeal. Here is his answer: pic.twitter.com/4ovX8RSQxe— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) December 12, 2018
Every single member of UNSC except Pompeo is stressing the importance of JCPOA. UK, France, Sweden express concern about Iran ballistic missile activity as being inconsistent with 2231. But everyone seems far more concerned with US withdrawal from JCPOA/violating 2231.— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) December 12, 2018
Responding to Pompeo, Iranian envoy Eshagh Al Habib said the U.S. secretary of state was casting Iran as a threat to sell more "beautiful weapons," sarcastically quoting Trump's rationale for backing Saudi Arabia.
Related tweet from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
In latest mockery of #UNSC, @SecPompeo— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 13, 2018
-bragged abt violating Res 2231; outlined plans for more violations
-confirmed that US and allies rely on defunct Res 1929 provision on missiles
-turned an isolated US into 1st perm SC member to PUNISH other countries for COMPLYING w/ Res.
The Security Council meeting comes after a senior Iranian military commander
confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic-missile test that was
condemned by Western powers.
"We are continuing our missile tests and this recent one was a significant test," the Fars news agency quoted Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps aerospace commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh as saying on December 11.
The council met last week to discuss the December 1 test, which the United States said violated UN Resolution 2231, which was passed as part of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Britain and France described the test as "provocative" and "inconsistent" with the resolution.
Russia, which has veto power, has defended Iran's right to carry out missile tests.
Resolution 2231 has called for Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon but does not specifically forbid Tehran from missile launches.
Tehran says its missile program is defensive and not aimed at building an arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles.
Trump has made pressuring Iran a major focus, withdrawing the United States in May from a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, and reimposing sanctions lifted under the agreement.
Trump said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iraq.
European powers said they were working to ensure that Iran sees the economic fruits of compliance, but Iran's economy suffered a major blow due to the renewal of sanctions by Washington.
Pompeo's disastrous address to the Security Council shows the Trump Administration knows that its sanctions policy is failing and they're preparing the ground for escalation towards war with Iran.— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) December 12, 2018
I called it in this piece for NBC published last week...https://t.co/u5fpRdhSF4
With reporting by AFP, dpa, and Reuters
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