France and the United Kingdom, backed by the United States, today requested that the UN Security Council discuss the latest test with a ballistic missile carried out by Iran and that, according to Washington, violates a United Nations ban.
According to diplomatic sources, the meeting could be held on Tuesday behind closed doors and no concrete action is expected from it.
This weekend, the US government accused Iran of violating a UN Security Council ban by testing a medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East.
"The Iranian regime has just tested a medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads, the missile has a range that allows it to hit parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East," the US secretary of state said in a statement. , Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo said that this test "violates UN Security Council resolution 2231 that prohibits Iran from engaging in any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches that use that technology."
However, not all countries of the Security Council share that interpretation, as has been clear in meetings on previous missile tests by Tehran.
Resolution 2231, the text with which the Security Council ratified the negotiated nuclear agreement between Iran and several international powers, calls on Tehran not to launch launches of missiles capable of transporting atomic weapons, but countries like Russia insist that It does not suppose a prohibition.
This Sunday, Iran reacted to Pompeo's accusations by underlining that its missile program has a defensive nature and has not been banned.