Iran vows to continue missile tests following US allegation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

Refuting Iranian claims that its illicit missile tests are defensive in nature, Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook vowed tough reprisals for Iran's most recent missile tests, which are among the most provocative in recent memory. Iran's missile testing & missile proliferation is growing. The US pulled out of the deal in May this year, accusing Iran of violating the terms of the deal by continuing its missile development and of threatening regional stability.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioned whether many pillars of worldwide trade and diplomacy are still relevant as he singled out China, Iran and Russian Federation on Tuesday for violating treaties and multistate agreements.

Iranian military leaders on Sunday vowed to press ahead with weapons testing of intermediate and long-range missiles, as well as other advanced arms systems, which have been banned by sanctions issued by the USA and United Nations.

For the last 12 years, the UN Security Council has been telling the Iranian regime to stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, and Iran continues to defy the UN Security Council, which is acting like an outlaw regime.

"We condemn these activities", Pompeo said, "and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities relating to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet. We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence.

Mike Pompeo said United States is rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order. As Washington, D.C., moves forward with a bevy of new sanctions on Iran, some European allies have continued to balk the USA administration, seeking avenues to preserve the nuclear pact and ensure economic ties with Tehran remain open.

In relation to United States sanctions against China and Iran, he said: "When treaties are broken, the violators must be confronted and the treaties mist be fixed or discarded".

His remarks on Sunday came shortly after the United States accused Tehran of carrying out a new missile test. Shekarchi did not confirm or deny that Iran had carried out a new test.

The US secretary of state blamed Iran and China for instability in the world at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels. The agreement has the backing of most major USA allies, apart from Israel, though many in Israel's defense establishment supported it.

"While [the United States] itself violates [UN Security Council resolution] 2231 - and even threatens to punish those who don't wish to violate it in abiding with illegal USA sanctions - it now falsely accuses Iran of violating the very SAME resolution", Mr. Zarif added.

The Iran nuclear deal, although highly controversial, was considered one of the Obama administration's major legacies.

Insisting it would only use missiles for defensive purposes, Iran has repeatedly rejected negotiations over its missile program.

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