Iran urged to avoid further ballistic missile launches, to preserve deal

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Jeffrey Feltman (right). UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Iran has been urged not to carry out further ballistic missile tests, which might be deemed inconsistent with the "constructive spirit" of the nuclear deal struck with world powers a year ago.

The call came from UN Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman, briefing the Security Council on the implementation of the resolution which endorsed the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Mr Feltman noted that there had been disagreement within the Security Council over whether Iran had violated terms of the key resolution, in launching a series of missiles last March.

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Feltman briefed council members on the Secretary-General's first report on Resolution 2231, saying that the UN chief had not received any information showing Iran had violated any terms of the deal relating to nuclear material.

The Political Affairs chief added that no reports had been received regarding ballistic missile-related items either, but he acknowledged the "clear differences" in the Council over missile tests carried out in March.

"While it's for the Security Council to interpret its own resolutions, the Secretary-General stressed that we must maintain the momentum by the conclusion of the JCPOA, consistent with its constructive spirit. In this regard he calls upon Iran to avoid such ballistic missile launches which have the potential to increase such tensions in the region."

Mr Feltman added that the UN had "regular and close interactions" with Iran drafting the report and it intended to continue in the same vein.

He reminded the signatories to the deal that the Secretary-General saw them as carrying an "enormous responsibility" for its "full and effective implementation."

"Hope for a more secure world" and the delivery of "tangible benefits" for ordinary Iranians are "in your hands" he told the Council.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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