Trump Casts Doubt Over Iran Nuclear Deal After Missile Test

Trump Casts Doubt Over Iran Nuclear Deal After Missile Test

Trump Casts Doubt Over Iran Nuclear Deal After Missile Test

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump criticized the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers on Saturday, tweeting that the US does not have "much of an agreement" after Tehran test-fired the ballistic missile, Politico reported.

However, UN Security Council Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

The test came at the end of a heated week of diplomacy at the UN General Assembly in NY, where Trump again accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, calling it a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos".

In case the U.S. leader doesn't recertify the nuclear agreement in mid-October, Tehran will consider options in response. "France demands that Iran halt all destabilizing activities in the region and to respect all provisions of Resolution 2231, including the call to halt this type of ballistic activity", it said.

"Trump's fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens", Zarif said in a message posted on his Twitter account on Sunday.

State television on Saturday carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Teheran last Friday.

Iranian officials say all of the country's missiles are created to carry only conventional and not nuclear warheads and that Tehran does not have a program to develop nuclear weapons. "It's a Security Council agreement and the United States is a member of the Security Council".

During Iran's war with Iraq in the 1980s, it turned to North Korea as one of the only sources of military assistance, importing a stockpile of Nodong missiles.

October 15 is the next deadline for Trump to certify that Iran is abiding by the deal, which the president must do every six months.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the test a "provocation" aimed at the United States, Israel and their allies. Trump said he has "decided" how to proceed with the agreement but did not publicly share his decision. It does not absolve President Trump and his administration of the responsibility because the only authority that has been recognized in the nuclear deal to verify is the IAEA'.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

State TV did not say when the test had been conducted, although Iranian officials said on September 22 that it would be tested "soon".

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