US, EU emphasize Iran stopping ballistic missile tests

May 14
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US Ambassador Robert A. Wood
US Ambassador Robert A. Wood

By Iran Probe staff

Sunday, 14 May 2017

At a preliminary meeting of the NPT Preparatory Committee on May 8th, representatives of the United States, European Union and France emphasized on Iran stopping its ballistic missiles and the necessity to fully abide by the nuclear deal.

“The International community must be prepared to respond to any violations of Iran’s commitments… the United States will also continue to hold Iran accountable for its other destabilizing activities in the region, including missile development and support for terrorism,” said US Ambassador Robert Wood at the meeting.

“Given Iran’s past undeclared nuclear activities and nuclear weapons program, thorough IAEA verification remains absolutely essential to providing the international community with confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful,” he added.

The EU representative said this bloc emphasizes on the necessity for Iran to fully abide by all its nuclear obligations. The EU expresses its concern regarding Iran’s ballistic missile launches that are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

The French representative at the meeting highlighted the necessity for Iran to fully comply by its nuclear agreement commitments. France is concerned about Iran advancing its ballistic program, she said. This will destabilize the region… and Iran must stop these activities, she continued.

The UAE representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency called on Iran to join the nuclear security convention. Iran is the only state with significant nuclear activities that is not a member of this convention, he added.

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