Iran Tests Ballistic Missile in Violation of UN Resolution

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

"One of our most important programs is increasing the range of missiles and ammunition", said the head of the Iranian air force, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Iran's missile testing & missile proliferation is growing. "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war".

The missile, according to Pompeo, is capable of carrying multiple warheads and "has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East".

The senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces also said on Sunday that the country would continue to test and develop its missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by USA officials.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile, violating a United Nations resolution.

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", he said.

Pompeo, a former Army officer who is regarded as a Trump loyalist with hawkish world views, said Trump was also pushing both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to stop funding countries such as China, saying they already had access to financial markets to raise capital.

Pompeo's speech marks the latest attempt by a Trump official to place the president's decisions into a coherent policy plan, after visits to Brussels by his vice president and other senior US officials. As Washington, D.C., moves forward with a bevy of new sanctions on Iran, some European allies have continued to balk the US administration, seeking avenues to preserve the nuclear pact and ensure economic ties with Tehran remain open.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused Iran of violating a United Nations resolution over the country's recent medium-range ballistic missile test.

Several EU countries have denounced the recent U.S. sanctions, however, and continue to work to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, even though they have also criticised Iranian positions on other matters.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that when treaties are broken, the violators must be "confronted, and the treaties must be fixed or discarded".

Top US and United Kingdom officials have accused Tehran of violating a UN Security Council resolution which endorsed an worldwide nuclear deal. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, addressing a security forum in California, said the Iranian launch was significant and was a reminder that Tehran was unlikely to be deterred from pursuing missile technology or supporting militant proxies.

She added, "The global community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions". He said Iran could resume enriching uranium to 20 percent purity if it fails to see economic benefits from the 2015 deal that curbed its nuclear program.

Insisting it would only use missiles for defensive purposes, Iran has repeatedly rejected negotiations over its missile program.

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