Israel urges world powers punish Iran for missile violations
March 13, Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world powers punish Iran for violations with regard to its missile program.
Netanyahu said he instructed Israel's Foreign Ministry to direct the demand to the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the countries that signed the deal lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.
He said, “This is an important step in and of itself and is also a test of the major powers in enforcing the nuclear agreement.”
Iran's Revolutionary Guard test-launched the ballistic missiles last week, the latest in a series of recent tests aimed at demonstrating Iran's intentions to push ahead with its missile program after scaling back its nuclear program under the deal reached last year.
Iran's Foreign Ministry said the missile tests do not violate Iran's nuclear deal with world powers or U.N. Security Council resolutions. A Security Council resolution last year removing sanctions called on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to deliver a nuclear weapon, The Associated Press reported.
The Israeli leader said world powers had pledged to prevent Iran from such violations. Speaking ahead of his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said his demand for punitive action against Iran was "important as a test of the major powers' determination to enforce the nuclear agreement with Iran and, of course, we expect their answers."
The Oslo Times