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UN says Iran’s ballistic missile test violated resolution

December 16, 2015, 5:23 UTC+3
US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power said at the meeting that Tehran carried out another launch of a ballistic missile on November 21
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UNITED NATIONS, December 16. /TASS/. A panel of the UN Security Council’s experts is checking new information on the possible violations by Iran of the Council's resolutions, the chairman of the UNSC committee on sanctions against Tehran, Roman Marchesi, has said.

Speaking at a regular meeting of the Council, Marchesi said the experts have completed the study into Iran’s launch on October 10 of Emad ballistic missile with a claimed range of 1,700 kilometers.

"The Panel concluded that Emad launch is a violation by Iran of paragraph 9 of Security Council resolution 1929 (2010)," said Marchesi, who is Spain’s permanent representative in the United Nations.

Resolution 1929 "decides that Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology."

The document also calls on the states "to take all necessary measures to prevent the transfer of technology or technical assistance to Iran related to such activities."

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power said at the meeting that Tehran carried out another launch of a ballistic missile on November 21, according to Washington’s data. The US side plans to work with the UN Security Council members to respond to the incident, she said.

Power also noted other violations of the UN sanctions regime by Tehran, including the alleged visit to Moscow in July of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani who is on the UNSC "blacklists." The Council must not allow Iran feel that it can violate the resolutions without being punished, she stressed.

Russia and China said at the meeting that Iran needs to implement in full its agreement with the six world powers (five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) reached in mid-July.

Vladimir Safronkov, the deputy Russian permanent representative to the UN, reminded that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopted a resolution on Tuesday closing Iran’s nuclear dossier. The document allows launching the implementation of the nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"In general, the preparation for beginning the practical implementation of the joint plan is not bad. As shown by the report of the IAEA Director-General and also our contacts in the Agency, the Iranians are conducting their nuclear program rather swiftly in line with the demands of the Joint Plan of Action," he said.

On 14 July 2015, the P5+1 group of international mediators (five permanent members of UN Security Council - US, UK, Russia, China, France - and Germany) and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran will not produce weapons-grade plutonium and limit its stockpile of uranium enriched to 3.67% to 300 kilograms for the next 15 years. Tehran also agreed to modernize its nuclear facilities and use them for exclusively peaceful purposes.

Sanctions will be gradually removed from Iran. The arms embargo imposed by UN Security Council will be kept in place for five years, ban for supplying ballistic missile technologies to Iran - for eight years. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will monitor nuclear facilities in Iran for the next 25 years. If any points of the agreement are violated by Iran, sanctions against the country will be renewed.

On July 20, the corresponding resolution on Iran’s nuclear program agreement was adopted by UN Security Council.

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