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US and Allies Urge UN Action Against Iran

Iranian Emad missile launching (Photo: wikicommons/Mohammad Agah)

We've kept you updated on Iran's continued defiance in the wake of last year's international nuclear agreement. Most recently, the Islamic Republic conducted tests of ballistic missiles. Now, The Times of Israel reports, the U.S. and its allies are seeking for new sanctions in the wake of Iran's actions:

The United States and three allies are calling for a Security Council meeting to formulate an “appropriate response” to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests which they say were carried out in defiance of a UN resolution and to threaten Israel.

A report from the US, France, Britain and Germany obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press calls the launches “destabilizing and provocative” and says the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile and Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile that were fired are “inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

A Security Council resolution adopted after the Iran nuclear deal was signed last year calls for Iran not to launch any ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

The letter also stated that the four powers “note with concern that Iranian military leaders have reportedly claimed these missiles are designed to be a direct threat to Israel,” Reuters reported.

Israel called for punitive action against Iran following the March 9 tests of the two ballistic missiles, which an Iranian news agency said had the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written on them in Hebrew...

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