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WorldUS calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

20:20  03 december  2018
20:20  03 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The US Treasury says it is imposing new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran after Tehran released five American prisoners. The move also comes Washington has imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for helping to supply Iran ’s ballistic missile program , the Treasury Department stated .

US calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program© Provided by AFP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran tested a medium range ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads that could strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East

The United States urged the European Union on Monday to apply sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program, calling it a "grave and escalating threat."

Over the weekend, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Europe and the entire Middle East.

He said the test violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal signed by world powers with the Islamic republic.

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DETAILS: EU , US lift Iran sanctions as UN watchdog says Tehran ‘has kept nuclear promises’ https Meanwhile, US Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Clinton’s call for more sanctions on “Without delay, the United States should enforce sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program

The European Union has augmented UN penalties against Iran with sanctions that are "nearly as extensive as those The EU agreed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions in the comprehensive agreement on implementation day. The agreement calls for an eight-member panel comprising the

"The Iranian government claims that its missile testing is purely defensive in nature. It's not defensive," Washington's Iran special envoy Brian Hook told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane as he traveled to Brussels for a NATO meeting.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program."

Hook said President Donald Trump's campaign of "maximum pressure" on Tehran since withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal "can be effective if more nations can join us in those (sanctions)."

"It is a grave and escalating threat, and nations around the world, not just Europe, need to do everything they can to be targeting Iran's missile program," he added.

Hook said "progress" was being made on getting NATO allies to consider a proposal to target individuals and entities that play key roles in Iran's missile program.

The United States decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

EU countries have denounced the move and are working to preserve the nuclear deal, even though they have also criticized Iranian positions on other matters.

Pompeo asks U.N. to bar Iran from ballistic missile testing.
Though the United States has few allies that agree with its decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran, the White House is seeking to expand punishment against Iran in other spheres.

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