Kirsters Baish| It seems that Western European leaders are finally starting to realize that President Donald Trump was right all along when it comes to leaving the Iran nuclear treaty in the dust.
This past Tuesday, diplomats from the UK, France, and the Netherlands all spoke on their concern that an Iranian medium-range missile test was set for Saturday.
The Daily Wire reports:
The U.S. government stated that the missile Iran tested could reach Europe and the Middle East. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the missile could carry multiple warheads and violated Security Council Resolution 2231, which instructed Iran to refrain from “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
That Security Council resolution was the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). President Trump walked away from the deal last May, although China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. stayed with the deal.
Following the missile test, the United Kingdom and France set up a private meeting among the Security Council. The French government said, “France is concerned by the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile by Iran on Saturday. It condemns this provocative and destabilizing act. France reiterates that the Iranian ballistic missile program is not in compliance with UNSCR 2231 (2015). It calls on Iran to immediately cease any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”
Fox News reported that the European ambassadors also touched on their concern:
U.K. Ambassador Karen Pierce called the actions “part and parcel of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.” Her comments echo U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said Saturday that he was “deeply concerned by Iran’s actions,” even as he reiterated support for the nuclear deal. “Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231. Our support for JCPoA in no way lessens our concern at Iran’s destabilising missile programme and determination that it should cease,” he tweeted.
Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom stated, “This kind of ballistic missile activity is inconsistent with the JCPoA , especially Annex B which calls on Iran not to engage in these kinds of activities.” French Ambassador François Delattre even avowed that the missile test was “inconsistent with the resolution.” He pushed Iran to “immediately cease any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”
The Daily Wire explains that the group still “displayed its usual pusillanimous attitude when it came to Iran, with the resolution stating it only “calls upon” Iran to stop its ballistic tests instead of demanding a cessation.”
United States Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she felt the Iranian ballistic test was “dangerous and concerning, but not surprising.” She also added that “The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran’s deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy international norms. The international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions. If the Security Council is serious about holding Iran accountable and enforcing our resolutions, then at a minimum we should be able to deliver a unanimous condemnation of this provocative missile test.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had a similar sentiment. He explained, “The United States has only begun to reverse the damage done by Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which gave the Ayatollahs the resources and diplomatic breathing room to build more and better ballistic missiles. The last round of sanctions, while important, clearly failed to deter Iran from advancing their missile program. It’s time to totally cut off Iran from the global financial system and deny them the resources they’re using to threaten us and our allies.”