US Angry But Impotent Over Second Iranian Missile Violation

Firing Shahab 1 Missile: (Photo: by Hosein Velayati  via Wikimedia Commons

The US is silently fuming over an Iranian test on November 21 of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The test is the second of its kind to violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday, “The U.S. is conducting a serious review of the reported incident.”

She stated that if the reports are confirmed, the United States would bring the issue to the UN Security council and seek appropriate action.

Reuters reported that a Western diplomatic source said last week on condition of anonymity that the test of a Ghadr-110, a spinoff of the Shahab-3 missile, was held near Chabahar, a port city near Iran’s border with Pakistan. He said it was a liquid-fueled missile with a 1,900 km (1,180 mile) range and was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

In October, the United States, Britain and France called for the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee to take action over a similar Iranian ballistic missile test that they said violated U.N. sanctions. No action was taken in connection to that complaint, though the subject is scheduled for discussion this week. If the US takes unilateral action, it would be seen as a violation of their agreement with Iran.

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As part of the nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers, Iran accepted the U.N. Resolution 2231 which forbids them from developing ballistic missiles for eight years. Earlier, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929 was passed in 2010 banning Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests.

US President Barack Obama told a news conference that the U.S. was preparing to brief the U.N. sanctions committee about the ballistic test. “I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of U.N. resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past.”

After the October test, President Obama explained that Iran has frequently violated missile prohibitions, saying that the US would make clear to Iran that there are costs for bad behavior. He stated that the issue of ballistic missiles is separate from the issue of nuclear arms.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement condemning the lack of response to Iranian violations.

“Iran violates U.N. Security Council resolutions because it knows neither this administration nor the U.N. Security Council is likely to take any action,” said Corker.

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Source: Israel in the News