Iran launches missile from undisclosed location.
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NEW YORK - “Iran continues to disregard its obligations to UN resolutions,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, wrote in an urgent letter sent to members of the UN Security Council on Saturday, calling for them to condemn Iran’s test launch of ballistic missiles this week.
“This latest provocation makes it clear that the ‘smile campaign’ of the current regime is nothing more than a smokescreen to disguise the real intentions of the ayatollah regime,” Danon added.
The ambassador pointed out that the missile test is “a gross violation” of Security Council resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group and restricts Iran from launching missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
According to Danon, the phrase “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth” was written on the side of the missiles and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh declared that Iran’s missile arsenal can cover all of Israel’s territory.
According to Iranian television, Hajizadeh also said Iran’s ballistic missiles program “will not stop under any circumstances” and that Tehran has missiles ready to be fired.
“The Security Council must not stand by in silence when one member state of the United Nations calls for the annihilation of another member state [and] continues to disregard it obligations to the international community to develop its aggressive capabilities,” he added.
The United States, which had imposed sanctions against businesses and individuals in January over another missile test in October 2015, said on Wednesday it was aware of and reviewing reports of an additional Iranian ballistic missile test and that the administration would determine an appropriate response.