Iran won't use ballistic missiles to attack any country: Foreign minister

Iran won't use ballistic missiles to attack any country: Foreign minister

Iran won't use ballistic missiles to attack any country: Foreign minister

"France has expressed its concern at Iran's continuation of its ballistic missile tests on several occasions", Ayrault said, speaking ahead of an urgent UN Security Council meeting due on Tuesday and called by Washington to discuss the test.

Flynn and other officials said the launch violated U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which gave worldwide blessing to the Iran nuclear deal.

In May 2016, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan issued a vague denial after a media outlet close to the Revolutionary Guard reported that the country had test-fired a ballistic missile with a 2,000-kilometer range.

The U.N. will now determine whether the launch was a violation.

Further, the new resolution refers to missiles "designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons", rather than "capable" of such delivery. "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice".

The launch timing raises the prospect that Tehran tested the weapon in response to Trump's decision to stop Iranians entering the USA for at least 90 days.

A defense official said the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the test "unacceptable", and her United Kingdom counterpart Matthew Rycroft warned that it was a sign Tehran had not moderated since world powers signed an worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015. However, the language of United Nations resolution 2231 was watered down in ways that allow Iran to get around it. However, these were superseded by a new resolution passed alongside the nuclear deal. The subject of ballistic missiles is not addressed in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal.

Iran used to be prohibited from test-firing ballistic missiles under previous United Nations resolutions.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he meant to "raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts" in his upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Western powers say the missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads and therefore go against the deal, while Iran says its missile programme is "non-negotiable".

During the U.S. election campaign, Trump branded the nuclear agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated", telling voters he would either rip it up or seek a better deal. The Obama administration had criticized Iran for helping to arm the rebels but did not consider the aid decisive in what has become a years-long war.

The officials would not specify what options are under consideration, or say whether they might include military force.

He added that he meant to "raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts" when he meets Trump at the White House on February 15. "We're looking into the exact nature of it", Spicer said.

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