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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Trump in UN Bid for Allies to Pressure Iran


Meriam H. Helal - 7Dnews Washington DC

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:57 GMT

President Trump is set to lead a session on Iran with heads of state of the UN Security Council during its September 26th meetings in New York. The session is meant to further pressure Tehran over its violations of council resolutions, including its ongoing testing of ballistic missiles.

According to a White House source, Trump will tell the Security Council that it must find new ways to punish countries that flout its resolutions limiting weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, The Trump administration's new adviser on Iran, Brian Hook, pressed European allies to join the United States in adopting a hardline stance against Tehran. “The reality that UN member states ignore at their peril is that Iran has continued to develop and test ballistic missiles,” Hook said during an event at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, DC.

He added, “We want more nations to join us in confronting the array of Iran's malign activity. We are asking every nation that can no longer tolerate Iran's destructive behaviour to protect its people by joining us." 

Hook also noted that the United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran's ballistic missiles and its regional behaviour. “Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.”  

“Iran’s pace of missile launches did not diminish after JCPOA Implementation Day in January 2016, and Iran continues to prioritise its missile force development,” Hook added, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed in Vienna in 2015. “Iran has conducted multiple ballistic missile launches since that time. We are working multilaterally to constrain Iran's missile programme and bring allies and partners onboard our campaign. We are coordinating with allies to interdict missile related transfers and target Iranian missile proliferation activities in third countries,” Hook said.

President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Obama-era nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers. The Vienna accord sought to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but administration officials contended it was too narrow and had little-to-no effect on Tehran's malign behaviour.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands that he said could make up a new agreement. Last month, Pompeo formed an organisation dedicated to coordinating and implementing US policy toward Iran. He said the Iran Action Group, led by Hook, is meant to counter Iran's malign activity in the Middle East and elsewhere.


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