Trump building new 'liberal' order to block Russia, China: Pompeo

Marsha Scott
December 5, 2018

Earlier on Sunday, Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the U.S. charges that Iran's ballistic missile tests have violated the UNSCR 2231 as "ridiculous". It does not, in fact, ban Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles, a point of criticism for opponents of the deal. "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war".

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is now one of the world's topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", Hook confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon while talking to reporters aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's airplane en route to Brussels for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings.

"As we have been warning for some time, Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing".

For the last 12 years, the UN Security Council has been telling the Iranian regime to stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, and Iran continues to defy the UN Security Council, which is acting like an outlaw regime.

Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is not up for negotiation.

Pompeo's statement comes after the US and Chinese leaders' working dinner on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on 1 December, during which US President Donald Trump agreed to postpone increasing the tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent, initially planned to go through on January 1.

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Mike Pompeo said U.S. is rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order.

The remaining five signatories to the nuclear deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - have backed an European Union effort to set up a special payment system in a bid to maintain trade and business ties with Iran.

Several EU countries have denounced the recent United States sanctions, however, and continue to work to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, even though they have also criticised Iranian positions on other matters.

Defense Secretary James Mattis echoed Pompeo's statement.

And while Pompeo claimed the test violated United Nations resolution 2231, the launch does not constitute a violation of the United Nations measure, according to the language of the resolution.

Pompeo has been pressing Germany, France and the United Kingdom to join the USA in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear accord signed during the presidency of Barack Obama in 2015. The president withdrew the USA from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's atomic weapons program. He added that while the strategic threat from Iran was less significant globally than the one from North Korea, he said it was regionally significant. "Our support for JCPOA in no way lessens our concern at Iran's destabilising missile programme and determination that it should cease".

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