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Technology France, Germany and UK reiterate claim that Iran has nuclear-capable ballistic missiles

14:50  05 december  2019
14:50  05 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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United Nations (AP) -- France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. Security Council call on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles . Ambassadors from the three European nations urged

France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. Security Council call on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles .

Ambassadors from France, Germany and the UK have again alleged that Iran has developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, in a joint letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General officially released by the UN on Wednesday.

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The ambassadors listed four examples of activity indicating nuclear-capable missiles, adding that "Iran's developments of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles and related technologies is inconsistent" with a UN resolution restraining the country from doing so.

The European countries -- all signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- have previously written to the UN about Tehran's alleged nuclear activity, claiming "these activities are the latest in a long series of advances in Iranian ballistic missile technology."

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. Security Council call on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles . Ambassadors from the three European

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France , Germany and the United Kingdom say “ Iran ’s developments of nuclear - capable ballistic missiles ” go against a UN Security Council resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles . Ambassadors from the three European nations

Iran is believed to possess the largest and most diverse ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East, according to US intelligence assessments, with a substantial inventory of close, short and medium range missiles that can strike targets throughout the region.

The newly released letter cites footage of a flight test for a new Shahab-3 ballistic missile, which is estimated to have a range of approximately 600 miles (965 kilometers).

"The Shahab-3 booster used in the test is a Missile Technology Control Regime category-1 system and as such is technically capable of delivering a nuclear weapon," says the report.

The letter notes that the Shahab-3 has been equipped with a new maneuverable re-entry vehicle that is "likely to both improve the accuracy of missiles produced in future and enable existing missile stocks to be upgraded, increasing their accuracy."

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes The letter says “ France , Germany and the United Kingdom assert once again our firm conclusion that Iran ’s development of nuclear - capable ballistic

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. The Europeans’ letter cites an example of an Iranian missile “technically capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”

The development of a viable maneuverable re-entry vehicle is a significant technological marker which in theory allows a ballistic missile to circumnavigate standard missile defense systems.

For years, efforts have been made by the US and its allies to curtail the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear armed ballistic missile. These efforts formed a key part of a 2015 deal intended to restrict Tehran's nuclear ability in return for lifting international sanctions.

US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the agreement in May 2018. But it is still supported by five other nations -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, called on Iran to refrain from activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

In July this year, Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic Shahab-3 missile, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the event. According to experts, the missile test did not technically violate any UN resolutions -- which has been a source of frustration to critics of the Iran deal.

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France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran defied UN call by developing nuclear - capable ballistic missiles .

France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. Security Council call on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles . Ambassadors from the three European nations urged U.N

The US has previously reiterated that Iran must end missile testing as one of 12 conditions it has laid out for an end to the maximum pressure campaign the Trump administration implemented after it left the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif criticized the latest letter from the European nations, describing it on Twitter as a "desperate falsehood to cover up their miserable incompetence in fulfilling [the] bare minimum of their own #JCPOA obligations," referring to the acronym for the 2015 nuclear deal.

CNN has reached out to Iranian government authorities for reaction.

Fresh intelligence

Accusations in the letter come as US intelligence agencies and the Pentagon tracked the movement in recent weeks of a number of Iranian short-range ballistic missiles into Iraq, a US official with direct knowledge of the situation said.

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France , Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran has developed nuclear - capable ballistic missiles , which goes against a U.N. Security Council call on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles . Ambassadors from the three European nations urged U.N

" France , Germany and the United Kingdom assert once again our firm conclusion that Iran ’s development of nuclear - capable ballistic missiles and related technologies is inconsistent” with the missile provision in the council resolution supporting the nuclear deal, stated the letter according to

While some of the missiles allegedly moved into Iraq may be categorized as ballistic, the official emphasized that they are very short range, without offering more details.

The concern is the missiles could now be moved into areas where they could be fired at US troops by Iranian-backed militias. Senior US military officials, however, have said recently that they don't believe the regime in Tehran is likely to go to war against the US.

In a related development, the official said that in the last month these militias have stepped up attacks against US positions with larger rockets than had been seen before.

Iraq has been rocked by protests in recent weeks, some targeting Iran, which has seen its influence in its neighboring country increase substantially in recent years amid US draw down. Tehran called on Iraqi authorities to respond "firmly and effectively" after protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf last month.

On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said he would resign, and called on Iraq's government to "act in the interests of Iraq; to preserve the blood of its people; and to avoid slipping into a cycle of violence, chaos and devastation."

Iran has also seen high levels of unrest, with the government launching a major crackdown -- including shutting off the entire internet for periods of time -- after protests broke out over gas prices morphed into nationwide anti-government unrest.

U.S.'s Pompeo says Iran's latest nuclear steps raise concern .
U.S.'s Pompeo says Iran's latest nuclear steps raise concern"Iran's expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout," Pompeo said in a statement.

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