US to raise Iranian missile test at UNSC
15 October 2015, Nirapad News: A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution and Washington will raise it at the UN.
The US State Department said on October 13, Hurriyeet Daily News publishes this report on October 14.
Iran said it tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on October 11, signaling an apparent advance in
Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal.
‘We’ll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches,’ State Department spokesman Mark
Toner told reporters, noting the test appeared to be a violation of UN Security resolution 1929.
He and White House spokesman Josh Earnest both said the issue was separate from a deal Iran struck in July with
six world powers, which seeks to curb Tehran’s atomic program in return for having sanctions against it eased.
Ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under Security Council resolution 1929, which dates from 2010 and
remains valid until the July 14 nuclear deal goes into effect.
Once the deal takes effect, Iran will still be ‘called upon’ not to undertake any ballistic missiles work
designed to deliver nuclear weapons for a period of up to eight years, according to a Security Council resolution
adopted in July.
The resolution says that when the deal is in effect countries will be allowed to transfer missile technology and
heavy weapons to Iran on a case-by-case basis with council approval.
However, at the time the resolution was drafted, a US official called this provision meaningless and said the
United States would veto any suggested transfer of missile technology to Iran.
Speaking on October 13, White House spokesman Earnest made clear countries could more to stop the flow of
ballistic missile technology to Iran.
‘That is work that requires international cooperation,’ he said, adding that Washington was ready to work with
Gulf allies to counter Iran’s ballistic missile program.
Iran state television showed on October 11 what it said was a successful launch of the new Iranian missile, named
Emad, which appears to be Tehran’s first precision-guided weapon with the range to strike its regional enemy
A total of 220 of Iran’s 290 lawmakers praised the missile test on October 14, announcing their full support of
measures that ‘strengthen Iran’s defense capabilities’.
Britain’s UN ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters in New York that ‘the existing (sanctions) architecture
remains in place’ for the time being, adding that the council’s Iran sanctions committee should look into the