Danon welcomes call for response to Iranian tests

Israeli UN Ambassador: There must be consequences for Iranian hostility; sanctions should be implemented.

Ben Ariel ,

Danny Danon
Danny Danon

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, on Tuesday welcomed the call of the United States and its European allies to the Security Council and the UN Secretary-General to take action in response to Iran's ballistic missile tests earlier this month.

"There must be consequences for Iran’s hostility towards Israel and for its complete disregard of Security Council Resolution 2231 which endorsed the JCOPA nuclear agreement," said Danon in a statement.

"Iran's true intentions have been revealed, despite their attempts to hide behind a cloak of smiles. The international community must take action and impose sanctions against the Iranian regime," he added.

The statement noted that two weeks ago, Ambassador Danon called on the Security Council to take punitive action against Iran for conducting ballistic missile test and for threatening to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth."

In a joint letter to the Security Council seen and quoted by Reuters earlier Tuesday, the United States and its European allies say that by launching nuclear-capable missiles, Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year's nuclear deal.

Iran's recent ballistic tests involved missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and were "inconsistent with" and "in defiance of" council resolution 2231, adopted last July, says the joint U.S., British, French, German letter to Spain's UN Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

The letter said the missiles used in the recent launches were "inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons."

It also asks that the Security Council discuss "appropriate responses" to Tehran's failure to comply with its obligations and urged Ban to report back on Iranian missile work inconsistent with 2231.

The Iranian regime earlier this month fired a number of ballistic missiles in tests across the country. The words “annihilate Israel” were reportedly written on the missiles, and Iranian officials claimed the missile systems being developed were needed “to confront the Zionist entity” and to ensure “its collapse”.

Those tests followed several similar tests in October, which a team of UN sanctions monitors later confirmed had violated of a UN Security Council resolution.