Pompeo warns of escalation risk as Iran conducts missile test

France said it was concerned by the test-firing with the foreign ministry describing it as "provocative and destabilising" and "does not conform" with United Nations resolution 2231 on the Iran deal.

The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said in a statement on Saturday he was "deeply concerned by Iran's test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile".

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", Hook confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon while talking to reporters aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's airplane en route to Brussels for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings.

"No resolution at the UN Security Council has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests", Qasemi added.

Hook from DOS confirmed the missile tested by Iran over the weekend is capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at America's current enemies, blaming them for creating instability across the world.

The U.S. condemned Iran's growing missile proliferation and called for the country to "cease immediately" testing and other activities related to the weapons.

Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for Iran's armed forces, as saying: "Missile tests ... are carried out for defense and the country's deterrence, and we will continue this". "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war".




"The first two years of the Trump administration demonstrated that President Trump is not undermining these institutions, nor is he abandoning American leadership".

On Tuesday, the head of Iran's atomic energy organisation warned the European Union that Tehran's patience was running out on the bloc's pledge to keep up oil trading despite United States sanctions.

Those US sanctions have targeted Iran's critical oil sector, as well as several major Iranian banks and other industries. The European parties to the nuclear deal have refused to pull out and said they would seek ways to continue trade with Iran.

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is now one of the world's topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

"We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile program", Hook told reporters.

The remarks from Paris and London will be seen by the U.S. government as the first sign that its key European partners may yet be persuaded to view Iran's broader behaviour as so risky that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified. He is also due to meet the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Brussels.

On Monday, Brian Hook, the senior policy adviser to Pompeo and special representative for Iran at DOS, acknowledged that Iran has failed to heed the U.N.'s 12-year-old demand to drop its ballistic missiles program.

At a presentation on Thursday, Brian Hook, the United States special representative on Iran, attacked the US's European allies, saying that since leaving the deal United States officials had found "freedom and leverage" to tackle Iran's regional influence, and he chided other nations for not getting on board.

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