Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has condemned Iran’s latest missile test as “destabilising” and “dangerous and provocative” action. In his statement, the Foreign Secretary emphasised that the latest test demonstrated “that its activities go beyond what can be justified for national defence”.
The UK, US, and France have emphasised that the test violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Foreign Secretary Hunt said in his statement: “This latest launch, like several before it, is inconsistent with UN Security Council resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons”.
He added that the UK has “urged the UN Security Council to ensure that Iran cease such activity in defiance of key UNSC measures, and that Iran and all Member States comply fully with the resolutions prohibiting proliferation of missile technology to and from Iran”.
Mr Hunt underlined: “We will continue to raise these concerns directly with Iran and to coordinate our responses with partners. Iran must halt these destabilising and provocative acts”.
It is understood that on Saturday, Iran test-fired a medium range missile range ballistic missile which according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is “capable of carrying multiple warheads”.
Since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, at least 25 Iranian missile launches have taken place, and despite the agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and other leading officials continue to issue explicit threats against Israel’s existence. 15 of these missiles were likely nuclear capable missiles.