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EU Warns Iran Against Ballistic Missiles

BRUSSEL – The European Union (EU) on Monday welcomed the new trade mechanism with Iran while bypassing US sanctions but also warned the Islamic Republic of its ballistic missile program, AFP reported.
In a statement on Iran which was the subject of more than a week of disputes in Brussels, the European Union reaffirmed its commitment to preserve the agreement on the nuclear issue with Iran of 2015 and aimed Washington for renouncing the pact and reimposing sanctions.
The bloc welcomed the creation last week by France, Britain and Germany of a system allowing companies to trade with Iran without falling foul of US sanctions, deemed vital for the support of legitimate enterprises, and stated that “the determination to carry out this work is unshakeable”.
At the same time, many European powers were increasingly concerned about Tehran’s missile program, interfering in several Middle East conflicts and attempts to attack people in the Middle East. Opposition living in the EU, the bloc asked Iran to repair itself.
The statement criticized Iran’s provision of military, financial and political support to non-state actors in countries such as Syria and Lebanon, AFP said.
The (EU) Council has serious concerns about Iran’s military involvement and the continued presence of Iranian forces in Syria, the government said.
Iran is a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the statement urges Tehran to use its influence to convince Damascus to support UN efforts to end the civil war, which claimed the lives of more than 460,000 people since the beginning of hostilities in 2011.
UN Security Council resolution 2231, which the US says Iran violates with its ballistic missile tests, enshrined Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
The resolution says Iran is “called” to abstain for eight years from work on ballistic missiles for the delivery of nuclear weapons.
On the other hand, Iran has denied that Ballistic missile tests violate any resolution.
In the past, France expressed concern over Iran’s ballistic missile program and suggested that Iran could be sanctioned for the program, although it rejected the idea that the sanctions would be related to the 2015 agreement on nuclear energy with Iran.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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