USA takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of regional escalation after Iran conducted a missile test

In Paris, the French foreign ministry also said the missile test was not in compliance with the United Nations resolution. We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence.

Iranian military leaders on Sunday vowed to press ahead with weapons testing of intermediate and long-range missiles, as well as other advanced arms systems, which have been banned by sanctions issued by the US and United Nations.

At a presentation on Thursday, Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative on Iran, attacked the US's European allies, saying that since leaving the deal USA officials had found "freedom and leverage" to tackle Iran's regional influence, and he chided other nations for not getting on board.

On Sunday, a senior Iranian official said the country's missile program was not in breach of United Nations resolutions. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi said in a statement to state-run Tasnim news agency.

Tehran will "continue to both develop and test missiles", he also said, adding that such activity "is outside the framework of [nuclear] negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission".

"The Iranian government claims that its missile testing is completely defensive in nature".

The US says it needs crippling economic sanctions against Iran to curb its regional influence, which Washington frames as state sponsorship of terrorism.

Resolution 2231 was passed in 2015 to endorse the freshly-signed deal between Iran and leading world nations (known as JPOC).

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He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile.

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet.

The mission, in a statement released on Tuesday, described the United States as the gross violator of the resolution, emphasizing that "portraying Iran's ballistic missile program as inconsistent with Resolution 2231 or as a regional threat is a deceptive and hostile policy of the U.S.".

"No UN Security Council resolution has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests", the Iranian ministry added. It also calls all member states to refrain from actions that undermine implementation of JCPOA commitments. Adversaries and allies alike have denounced perceived US unilateralism and the disregarding of established global diplomatic bodies.

Hook spoke during a flight with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.

She added, "The global community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions".

"Right now the strategic level of threat from Iran is less worldwide than Korea's, but it is certainly significant regionally, and it could grow beyond that if it's not dealt with", he added.

US President Donald Trump is building a new world order upheld by American leadership and democracy, his secretary of state told diplomats at an event in Brussels on Tuesday, blaming Iran and China for instability in the world.

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