US to raise Iran violation of Security Council resolution on missile tests at UN
Well, I suppose it's better than the dreaded "strongly worded letter," but not by much. After all, once Iran is found to have violated Security Council Resolution 1929, I'm sure those sanctions will "snap back" into place, right?
A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and Washington will raise it at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
Iran said it tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal.
"We'll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, noting the test appeared to be a violation of U.N. Security resolution 1929.
He and White House spokesman Josh Earnest both said the issue was separate from a deal Iran struck in July with six world powers, which seeks to curb Tehran's atomic program in return for having sanctions against it eased.
Ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under Security Council resolution 1929, which dates from 2010 and remains valid until the July 14 nuclear deal goes into effect.
Once the deal takes effect, Iran will still be "called upon" not to undertake any ballistic missiles work designed to deliver nuclear weapons for a period of up to eight years, according to a Security Council resolution adopted in July.
The resolution says that when the deal is in effect countries will be allowed to transfer missile technology and heavy weapons to Iran on a case-by-case basis with council approval.
However, at the time the resolution was drafted, a U.S. official called this provision meaningless and said the United States would veto any suggested transfer of missile technology to Iran.
Speaking on Tuesday, White House spokesman Earnest made clear countries could more to stop the flow of ballistic missile technology to Iran.
"That is work that requires international cooperation," he said, adding that Washington was ready to work with Gulf allies to counter Iran's ballistic missile program.
Iran state television showed on Sunday what it said was a successful launch of the new Iranian missile, named Emad, which appears to be Tehran's first precision-guided weapon with the range to strike its regional enemy Israel.
No one in the administration appears to have drawn the rational conclusion from this missile test; Iran will cheat. They will cheat every chance they get. They will interpret the nuclear deal any way they wish and dare the world to reimpose sanctions. And as long as Iran has Russia and China running interference for it on the Security Council, the chances of a successful challenge to Iranian cheating will be nil.
Everyone knows this. The Democratic lawmakers who voted for the deal know it. The State Department knows it. The pundits who gushed over this "historic" agreement know it. You'd have to be brain-dead not to know it. But here we are, on the threshold of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and a nuclear-armed Iran threatening human civilization.
Maybe Obama should send the "strongly worded letter" anyway.