Kerry Threatens New Sanctions on Iran over Missile Tests

Kerry Threatens New Sanctions on Iran over Missile Tests
Sun Mar 13, 2016 22:51:06

Kerry threatened Iran with new sanctions over its recent missile tests, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tel Aviv allies to react.

Netanyahu ordered Israeli diplomats to demand the P5+1 group of countries, who reached a nuclear agreement with Iran last July, take immediate action against Tehran’s “gross transgressions.”

On Tuesday, Iran fired Qiam ballistic missiles from silo-based launchers in different locations across the country and on Wednesday, it successfully test-fired two more ballistic missiles of the Qadr family.

“The missiles (tests) are a violation of the UN Security Council, because they are longer than the distance that is allowed,” Kerry said in Paris. “Because of that they represent a potential threat to countries in the region and beyond.”

According to Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, Qadr-H missile has a range of 1,700 kilometers while Qadr-F missile can destroy targets some 2,000 kilometers away.

US envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power said Friday that the tests are a threat to Israel, adding Washington has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to discuss the issue; Press TV reported.

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