US states that Iranian missile test violated UN sanctions

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has said that a ballistic missile test carried out by Iran on 10 October, the first since the JCPOA nuclear deal was agreed between Iran and the E3/EU+3 in July, was “a clear violation” of UN sanctions, and that the United States has confirmed that the missile launched was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon”. UN Resolution 1929 (2010) prohibits Iran from undertaking “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology”.

On Friday, President Obama sought to emphasise that the JCPOA was “entirely separate” and did not resolve all areas of dispute with Iran, adding that “we are going to have to continue to put pressure on them through the international community”. Ambassador Power echoed this, stating that the US would “continue to press the Security Council for an appropriate response to Iran’s disregard for its international obligations”.

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Michael O'Kane

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...

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