UN Investigating Iranian Ballistic Missile Violations
JNS.org – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned this week that Iran is defying the UN’s calls to halt its ballistic missile development program.
In a report issued by Guterres to the UN Security Council, Guterres detailed the world body’s investigation of Iran’s illicit weapons transfers to Houthi terror groups in Yemen. The Houthis launched Iranian-supplied missiles at Saudi Arabia on Jul. 22 and Nov. 4. Guterres stated that the UN is examining missile debris from those incidents.
Following the release of the UN report, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was set to hold a press conference in Washington, DC, on Thursday to discuss Iran’s “destabilizing activities in the Middle East region and elsewhere in the world.”
Security Council members France, Germany, the UK and the US sent a letter to Guterres warning that Iran’s Simorgh Space Launch Vehicle, launched Jul. 27, could be configured as a ballistic missile “capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
In September, Israel condemned an Iranian ballistic missile test as a “provocation” amid growing concerns over the Islamic Republic’s behavior. Iran said the new ballistic missile launched in that test successfully achieved a range of 1,200 miles and could carry several warheads.