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By Phil McCausland and Farnoush Amiri
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday the Iranian government had just tested a medium-range missile capable of holding several warheads carry. "
The ballistic missile tested in Iran has the ability to hit parts of Europe and any location in the Middle East, said the secretary, who claims he violated a UN Security Council resolution calling for Iran follow." any ballistic missile-related activity that can provide nuclear weapons, including the introduction of such ballistic missile technology. "
" We condemn these activities, "said Pompeo," and urge Iran to immediately cease all activities related to ballistic activities, which are capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Pompeo reiterated this attitude on Twitter.
Iran had neither Saturday night However, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, pointed out that the language of the UN Security Council resolution "calls on Iran" not to "ban" its missiles. The UN resolution, quoted by Pompeo, is precisely the nuclear agreement that the Trump administration withdrew earlier this year, P said arsi added.
"We had a working agreement, and you may not have agreed with the entire contents of the contract, but in fact kept this conflict," he said. "Trump came in, blew it open and now we see more missile testing, we see escalation and see a shift towards war." Iran agreed to halt the development of its nuclear weapons program and to allow international controls on its facilities under the Iranian nuclear agreement or the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015. In return, the US and several other countries reached the milestone by withdrawing the crippling economic sanctions.
Iran had not tested a similar weapon in over a year, Parsi said because of the agreement, but that changed when the US withdrew from the nuclear deal.
"The Iranians have essentially stopped these tests," said Parsi and Trump. Now things are escalating with sanctions and as a result we are in conflict again. "
Iran has recently announced that it tested a similar rocket with a range of about 1,200 miles in September last year, noting that the missile had tested the airstrikes of the state of Alaska (Iraq). Missiles could be loud
Pompeo reiterated that this latest test confirmed the Trump government's concern that the Iranian government had no plans to abide by the nuclear agreement.
"We've been warning for a while" The missile testing and dissemination of rockets are increasing more and more, "said Pompeo in the statement of Saturday. "We are accumulating the risk of escalation in the region if we can not restore deterrence."
And while it may not have been a direct violation of the agreement, other experts say it violates the spirit of the agreement.
"There is a question of good faith, and I think that agrees with Pompeo's rhetoric," said former Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, who served in the last three Republican governments, most recently as Deputy Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs under President George W. Bush.
Bloomfield said this missile test appeared to be a refusal from Iran when he responded directly to evidence that Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and High Level Political Adviser to the Secretary of State, had presented this week, allegedly proving that Iran was the UN Resolutions against the proliferation of weapons.
Hook stood near used missile tubes retrieved at various locations in the Middle East. During a press conference at the Anacostia-Bolling Common Base in Washington, DC, Iran had greatly expanded its missile capabilities and deployed it with proxy rebel groups in numerous Divided nations of the Middle East.
Bloomfield said that this missile launch may have occurred in direct response to this demonstration and the harsh words of the Trump administration for the Iranian regime.
"There is a desire not to lose faith and renounce directly the harsh rhetoric of the United States," said Bloomfield. "It's no surprise when the Iranians say that," I do not care how many pieces of rocket you assembled and traced back to our factories, you will not scare us. "
But while Bloomfield said he was right Confident that Iran would ultimately lead to economic and internal pressure, Parsi said the biggest concern of this missile launch was the Trump government's decision.
" Pompey Reaction is a pretty big deal and not the actual missile test itself, he said.
Abigail Williams contributed. 19659032]