Pompeo Says ‘Bad Actors’ Gained From Lack of U.S. Leadership

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Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran's defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Iran has long refused to compromise on its missile development programs, recently revealing that the country's missile forces can deliver a payload at a distance of some 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

On Sunday, a senior Iranian official said the country's missile program was not in breach of United Nations resolutions.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China, Iran, and Russian Federation for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements. It simply called on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology." .

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet.

"We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence", he warned.

Pompeo is expected to raise the issue of Iran's missile activity during meetings Monday and Tuesday with European officials.

The US pulled out of that deal in May, pitting Washington against several of its key European allies, who have sought to maintain the agreement in the face of heated rhetoric between the Donald Trump administration and the Iranian government, and the reinstatement of US sanctions on Tehran last month.

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At a presentation on Thursday, Brian Hook, the United States special representative on Iran, attacked the US's European allies, saying that since leaving the deal United States officials had found "freedom and leverage" to tackle Iran's regional influence, and he chided other nations for not getting on board.

"There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran", state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event at the Concert Noble in Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Zarif recalled that the USA re-imposing of unilateral sanctions against Iran was already a violation of Security Council Resolution 22-31.

Several EU countries have denounced the recent United States sanctions, however, and continue to work to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, even though they have also criticised Iranian positions on other matters. The agreement has the backing of most major U.S. allies, apart from Israel, though many in Israel's defense establishment supported it.

She added, "The global community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions".

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program. "Our support for JCPOA in no way lessens our concern at Iran's destabilising missile programme and determination that it should cease".

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