PMO: World powers need to enact immediate punitive measures following Iran's missile tests

March 12, 2016 19:39

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday instructed the Foreign Ministry to contact the P5 + 1 and demand that they enact immediate punitive measures against Iran following recent ballistic missile tests.

The P5 + 1 is made up of Russia, China, The United States, Britain, France and Germany.

"This is an important step and serves as a test for world powers to enforce" the mandate governing the nuclear agreement, The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, defying a threat of new sanctions from the United States.

The launches followed the test-firing of several missiles on Tuesday as part of a major military exercise that the IRGC says is intended to "show Iran's deterrent power and... ability to confront any threat".

On Wednesday the IRGC fired two Qadr missiles from northern Iran which hit targets in the southeast of the country 1,400 kms (870 miles) away, Iranian agencies said. The nearest point in Iran is around 1,000 km from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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