We hope that the EU can sanction those who help advance Iranian missile testing and missile proliferation. According to a Reuters report on the 5th, Iran recently tested a medium-range ballistic missile and was strongly criticized by the United States. Some US officials have revealed that the United States is exerting pressure on European countries that maintain the Iranian nuclear agreement, hoping that the latter can join the ranks of implementing economic sanctions against Iraq. On the 4th local time, the UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting on Iran. Although many European diplomats at the meeting said that Iran's test-fired missiles did not comply with UN resolutions, the parties did not reach any penalties for Iran.
Reuters reported on the 5th that the US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said that the United States is urging the EU to consider economic sanctions on Iran's test of ballistic missiles. He warned that if Tehran's ambitions are not constrained, then a wider conflict will occur in the Middle East. Hook said that Iran's test violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Iranian nuclear agreement. He called on Tehran to stop all ballistic missile-related activities. Hook also said that Tehran is transferring missiles and missile technology to Syria, Yemeni Hesse and Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah. The threat posed by the country is very serious and is escalating. We need to resume the Iranian missile program. Deterrence.
The Iranian test of ballistic missiles also attracted the attention of European countries that have secured the Iranian nuclear agreement. At the request of France and the United Kingdom, the UN Security Council held a closed meeting on this occasion. According to the US Fox News Network on the 4th, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and other European countries expressed concern about Iran's actions, saying that this does not comply with the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling on Iran to immediately stop activities related to ballistic missiles. However, it is reported that representatives of various countries have not responded positively to whether Iran's missile launch violates the Iranian nuclear agreement. US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Heili, issued a statement on the 4th that Iran's test-fire is dangerous and worrying. The United States has been warning of Iran's deliberate destruction of stability in the Middle East and disregard of international norms. When Iran ignored the UN resolution, The international community cannot turn a blind eye. If the Security Council is serious about Iran's accountability and asks the country to implement the resolution, then we should unanimously condemn this provocative missile test.
The Egyptian News reported that on the Iran issue, the United States and Iran can be described as tit-for-tat. The contradictions between the two sides are structural and difficult to reconcile. At the same time, the United States and the European Union have different positions on the Iranian issue. Because the interests of the two sides are different, Iran's unrest is a great threat to the EU that is close at hand. Therefore, Europe hopes to maintain the existing nuclear agreement. However, some European diplomats also said that in view of Iran's consistent position and the continued pressure of the United States, the sanctions against Iraq are likely to be put back to the negotiating table. A confidential document seen by Reuters shows that in March this year, the three countries of Britain, France and Germany proposed that the EU impose sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile issue, but it was rejected by other EU countries such as Italy.
In response to US accusations and sanctions, Iranian President Rohani said on the 4th that if the United States blocks Iran from exporting oil, Iran will take action to block the Strait of Hormuz to interrupt international oil exports in the Persian Gulf region. In an interview with the media on the same day, he also said that US President Trump had asked for negotiations with Iran 11 times in a direct or indirect manner last year and this year, but they were all rejected by Iran.