Iran to continue missile tests for 'defense and deterrence' - military spokesman

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Iran vows to continue missile tests following U.S. allegation

"Falahatpisheh said the meeting was centered on the importance of IRGC missile power, today's achievements and the future plans and Iran's role in the region".

The letter stated that while Britain, France and Germany took "note of Iran's official position on these missile strikes as a response to a terrorist attack in Iran, we assess that Iran's firing of the short range ballistic missiles was inconsistent" with resolution 2231.

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

Iran's missile program serves as an effective defensive and deterrent tool against foreign threats.

It does not, in fact, ban Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles, a point of criticism for opponents of the deal. Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, added that the move was "dangerous and concerning, but not surprising".

Earlier, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted: "Iran just test-fired a ... ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and Europe".

In this file picture taken on November 26, 2018, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the UN Security Council during a UNSC meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations in NY, the United States. But the separate continued development of Iran's missile programme is risky and provocative.

The United States decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, to the dismay of its Europeans allies. The wording does not explicitly forbid missile activity, effectively opening a loophole for test firing to continue should Tehran, which insists its missile programme is for defensive purposes only, so wish. Yet the European leadership has been wary of taking such steps, nonetheless.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mounted a staunch defence of U.S. foreign policy on Tuesday, arguing that Washington is building a world order to fight cynical abuses by Russia, China and Iran.

In June, two Iranian operatives were arrested while attempting to travel into France with explosives and a detonator.

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The US should stop abusing the Security Council to further its mischievous policies against Iran.

The affected states naturally responded to these threats by urging collective action to confront Iranian terrorism and undermine relevant networks.

"The goal of America and its regional allies is, through exerting pressure and economic shortages, to say we have hit a dead end on the threshold of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution", said Zanganeh, as reported by Reuters, citing the oil ministry news agency SHANA.

"When you see tunnels in Lebanon, it's connected to ballistic missile tests".

This could still change, however, as the council is expected to meet again on December 19 to engage in a broader discussion about the implementation of the relevant resolution.

In what may be a relevant example of a unilateral response, Business Insider reported on Tuesday that a U.S. aircraft carrier was en route to the Persian Gulf for the first time since the USS Theodore Roosevelt left eight months ago.

He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile.

Britain, France and Germany - the three remaining Western powers still part of the nuclear agreement - had sent a letter to the council, which was circulated Tuesday, saying Iran's earlier launches of Zolfaqar and Qiam short-range ballistic missiles on September 30 and October 1 "are inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons". "This is the most important thing that we must do and the government is putting forth all its efforts on this issue".

The Trump White House claimed Iran was an increasingly malign presence in the Middle East, having cultivated significant influence through wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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