US, Europeans push United Nations for action over Iran rocket launch

Katrina Barker
August 4, 2017

"Steve Bannon and other administration hardliners have been tasked with formulating Trump's reckless new strategy towards Iran and Congress just gave them new tools to do so". It lifted nuclear related sanctions on Iran, which, in turn, put certain limits on its nuclear work. Congress has now left it up to Donald Trump to navigate these pitfalls to ensure the continued successful implementation of the nuclear accord.

London - On behalf of her country and four other western states, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a letter to the worldwide organization calling for the Security Council to discuss "appropriate responses" against Iran in reply to Tehran's recent launch of a satellite rocket.

"The world must not allow Iran to act in defiance of the Security Council and its resolutions", Haley said.

Despite his election triumph, Mr. Rohani has been criticized inside the country, the conservatives blaming him for having made too many concessions to the great powers and have not listened to their warnings against the United States, sworn enemy of Iran.

Iran has maintained that their non-nuclear development of ballistic missiles is within the bounds of the agreement.

She also accused Iran of aiding terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.

Western countries fear that Iran's Simorgh space launch vehicle could be used as a nuclear missile.

U.S. law requires the president to certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement every 90 days, with the next deadline in October.

"We will not react with countermeasures", Araqchi said.

"Moving forward, the administration intends to employ a strategy that will address the totality of Iran's malign behavior and not just focus on the nuclear deal", the official said at the time, foreshadowing the sanctions bill.

Iran said today that new United States sanctions were a violation of its nuclear deal with world powers, piling pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as he started his second term.

President Hassan Rouhani, according Iranian accounts, would soon announce the sanctions to relevant ministries. The news agency says senior officials from 92 countries are in Tehran for an oath-taking ceremony Saturday.

Ryan added that the sanctions directly target "the destructive and destabilizing activities of Iran, Russia, and North Korea".

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