Iran tests medium-range ballistic missile, Pompeo says

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Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, said: "Iran's missile programme has a defensive nature and no United Nations security council resolution has banned Iran's missile programme or missile tests".

Hook spoke during a flight with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. Iran's missile testing & missile proliferation is growing.

The United States decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, to the dismay of its Europeans allies.

The senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces also said on Sunday that the country would continue to test and develop its missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by U.S. officials.

"Today, Iran is among the world's topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)", the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations.

The deal's terms and the UNSC resolution endorsing it never included a ban on ballistic missile tests. "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war". "This is outside the framework of (nuclear) negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission", Mr. Shekarchi said. On Tuesday, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran warned the European Union that Tehran's patience was running out on the bloc's pledge to keep up oil trading despite USA sanctions.

On Tuesday, the head of Iran's atomic energy organisation warned the European Union that Tehran's patience was running out on the bloc's pledge to keep up oil trading despite U.S. sanctions.

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France said it was concerned by the test, with the foreign ministry describing it as "provocative and destabilizing" and saying it "does not conform" with United Nations resolution 2231 on the Iran deal.

European leaders are troubled by Trump's rhetoric and say that his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal undermine European priorities.

Despite U.S. condemnation of its missile program, the Iranian military affirmed that it will keep conducting tests, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Monday.

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

The U.S. has come into confrontation with Russian Federation over its alleged breach of a 1987 nuclear arms treaty, which banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 310 miles to 3,417 miles.

While in Belgium, Pompeo has met with senior officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michael discussing bilateral cooperation on major issues, including nonproliferation.

Delivering a foreign policy speech to diplomats in Brussels, Pompeo blamed Iran and China for instability in the world, and said the US was committed to peace and prosperity, Reuters reported.