Israel calls for action against Iran's missiles

Foreign Ministry issues statement condemning Iran's latest ballistic missile test and threats against Israel.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Iranian ballistic missile test
Iranian ballistic missile test

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday evening called for action to be taken against Iran after it claimed to have conducted more ballistic missile tests.

"Israel condemns the firing of Iranian missiles in recent days. The missiles that were launched include long-range ones which cover, among others, the entire territory of Israel and large parts of the Middle East. The Commander of the Revolutionary Guards also boasted that most of Iran's arsenal of missiles covers the territory of Israel,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Diplomatic sources stressed that "the ballistic missile launches over the last few days are a flagrant violation of the UN Security Council resolution which adopted the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers."

They added, "The development of surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads places a big question mark as to the intentions of Iran to fully implement its part of the nuclear agreement."

The Foreign Ministry warned the West that "Iran continues to ignore the demands of the international community and develop offensive capabilities. It seems that the 'smile attack' by [Iranian Foreign Minister] Zarif and [Iranian President] Rouhani is nothing more than a smokescreen, designed to conceal the true intentions of the Ayatollah regime."

Israel called on the international community "to act firmly and decisively against the continuing missile launches from Iran and the continued development of the country's missile program.”

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is visiting Israel, said the United States would take action against Iran if its long-range ballistic missile tests widely reported in Iranian media were confirmed.

"I want to reiterate, as I know people still doubt, if in fact they break the (nuclear) deal, we will act," Biden said.

"All their conventional activity outside the deal, which is still beyond the deal, we will and are attempting to act wherever we can find it."