Following missile launch, Ban calls on Iran not to increase tensions through ‘hasty actions’

A missile on a mobile launcher. Photo: UNICEF/Patrick Andrade (file)

10 March 2016 – Following yesterday’s ballistic missile launch conducted by Iran, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government “to act with moderation, caution and the good sense not to increase tensions through any hasty actions.”

In January, Security Council sanctions previously imposed on Iran through resolution 2231 (2015) were terminated following the release of a report by inspectors from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The report confirmed the country had completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action aimed at resolving the nuclear issue.

“In that resolution, the Secretary-General notes, the Council called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General also notes that it is for the Security Council to examine information regarding resolution 2231 (2015),” it added, noting that the UN chief urges all concerned to act with restraint.


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