White House Puts Iran 'On Notice' After Ballistic Missile Launch

Alicia WestFeb 06, 2017

Mr. Flynn said the latest missile test was a violation of a United Nations Security.

On the same day the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss Iran's recent test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, Fox News has learned of another secret missile launch, this one conducted in early December, two USA military officials tell Fox News.

Javad Zarif affirmed his position on Tuesday, a day after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the USA was "aware that Iran fired a missile" and "looking into the exact nature of it".

Iran confirmed Wednesday that it carried out a missile launch Sunday, but said this did not violate its nuclear agreement with the world powers.

Reiterating Iran's traditional stance, Zarif said his country's missiles are "not designed for the capability of carrying a nuclear warhead".

"There should be no doubt about that", said one of the officials, who added that Iran is "absolutely not" violating that agreement, despite the missile test.

The U.N. Security Council met privately later at the Trump administration's request, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said afterward that the world should be "alarmed" at the Iranian test and the council should take action. Ayrault said at the start of his two-day trip to Tehran on Monday that France would act as a defender of the nuclear deal that new U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up. Ayrault said it was in the "common interest" that all sides heeded the deal.

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. "Iranian aggression must not go unanswered", he said.

Iran is only using ballistic missiles to defend itself, he added. "These are just the latest in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened U.S. and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea", according to Flynn. The subject of ballistic missiles is not addressed in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran 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.

FILE - In this September 21, 2016 file photo, an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran.

He said the continued tests are "contrary to the spirit" of the Security Council resolution.

Trump, as a presidential candidate, was deeply critical of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, calling it "the worst deal ever negotiated". He said the January 29 launch is "inconsistent" with Resolution 2231, and he urged Iran to abide by all of its obligations.

"Whether it constitutes a violation is for the Security Council to determine", she said. We are not going to stand by.

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