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Washington imposes sanctions on six Iranian entities

The Donald Trump administration and three European allies: UK, France and Germany, have condemned Iran for successfully testing a satellite-launch rocket and urged Terhan to halt all its ballistic activities.

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, the four powers said “We condemn this action” and claimed that it was in breach of the UN Security Council resolution 2231, adopted in July 2015 to endorse Iran’s nuclear agreement with six world powers. The agreement was signed by Iran and five permanent members of Security Council: US, Russia, China, Britain, France plus Germany, commonly known as P5+1.

“Iran’s program to develop ballistic missiles continues to be inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 and has a destabilizing impact in the region. We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities,” the statement added.

The Security Council resolution calls on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

All four countries have written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about their “concerns”. British, French and German governments are discussing the issues in bilateral talks with Iran, the statement said. There are no diplomatic ties between US and Iran after 1979 Islamic revolution.

However Nikki Haleh, the US envoy to UN spoke of deep “mistrust” with Iran saying, “Iran’s widespread support for terrorists tells us we can’t trust them. Iran’s breaking its obligation on missile testing tells us we can’t trust them. Yesterday’s launch proves that yet again.”  US has also imposed sanctions against six Iranian entities involved in the ballistic program.

On the contrary, Iranian government has been insisting that the rocket launches don’t breach any UN resolution are solely for defense purposes and they are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

The joint statement of US and three European countries came a day after Trump administration described Iran’s successful satellite carrying rocket launch as “a provocative action” accusing Tehran of violating the UN resolution.

Donald Trump, during his campaign and after occupying White House, has repeatedly vowed to cancel the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.

On Thursday, Iran had launched its domestically manufactured Simorgh carrier, whose mission is to put Iranian satellites into orbit. Named after a bird in Persian mythology, the carrier is capable of placing a satellite weighing up to 250 kilograms in an orbit of 500 kilometers.

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