Pompeo defends US policy, slams China, Russia and Iran

Pompeo defends US policy, slams China, Russia and Iran

Pompeo defends US policy, slams China, Russia and Iran

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called on the U.N.'s most powerful body to unanimously condemn the "provocative missile test" on December 1, calling it "dangerous and concerning, but not surprising".

"Iran is one of the world's powers in this field and in addition to military and security use, including on the borders of the country, it has economic benefit and civilian use, such as explorations, discoveries and cloud fertility", he said.

Over the weekend, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Europe and the entire Middle East, a claim that was denied by Iranian officials.

The United States on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to condemn Iran's ballistic missile test, which it described as "dangerous and concerning" and a violation of a UN resolution.

There has been anger in Europe at Washington's abrupt withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal - derided by Trump as a failure but still cherished by many in Brussels as a crowning achievement of European Union diplomacy.

The language of the United Nations resolution "calls on" rather than "forbids" Iran from testing its missiles, according to Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council. It simply called on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology." .

State-run news agency IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying the country's missile program is "defensive in nature" and does not violate any United Nations resolution. "Increase your capability and readiness as much as you can", Khamenei said in a speech before naval officials, adding that new ships and submarines should serve to extend the Iranian military's influence well beyond the nation's borders and the Persian Gulf.

He said that "Russia hasn't embraced Western values of freedom and worldwide cooperation" and added that "Iran has blatantly disregarded U.N. Security Council resolutions".

Iran used its ballistic missiles to attack the headquarters of Iranian-Kurdish parties in Koya, Kurdistan Region in September.

However, diplomats said they were now trying to limit the fallout of the decision by staggering the expected US withdrawal into next year and first formally accusing Russian Federation of breaking the INF agreement, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles.

Those US sanctions have targeted Iran's critical oil sector, as well as several major Iranian banks and other industries.

Tehran has never planned to and will not make missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.

"This is a grave and escalating threat and we need to restore deterrents against Iran's missile programme". "But we also believe, and our information is, that the sorts of missiles she test-launched on 1 December go way beyond legitimate defensive needs and, in respect of her overall role in region, we look again to Iran to cease her destabilizing activity and play a constructive role in this very important region".

Iran was also a topic of conversation when Pompeo met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels on Monday night.

"Surrealism is now the US's modus operandi in its foreign affairs", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

On Monday, Iran's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said Tehran aims to help regular Iranians cope with the economic problems created by USA pressure.

"We have a legal and religious duty to reduce the income pressure on the people".

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