Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on Saturday sent an urgent letter to the Security Council calling for a strong condemnation of Iran for their latest violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement.
Last Tuesday the Iranian regime claimed it had fired a number of ballistic missiles in tests across the country. It was the first such ballistic missile test by Iran’s military since last October, when a number of Emad intermediate-range ballistic missiles were fired. The weapon, which is capable of reaching Israel can be armed with a nuclear warhead.
On Wednesday Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that additional missile tests were undertaken. The words “annihilate Israel” were reportedly written on the missiles, and Iranian officials claimed the missile systems being developed were needed “to confront the Zionist entity” and to ensure “its collapse”.
In his letter to the Security Council, Danon wrote, “The test firing of ballistic missiles constitutes a gross violation of UNSC resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.”
“Iran continues to disregard its obligations to UN Resolutions. This latest provocation makes it clear that the ‘smile campaign’ of the current regime is nothing more than a smokescreen to disguise the real intentions of the ayatollah regime,” he added.
Ambassador Danon further noted in his letter that “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth” was written on the side of the missiles and that Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh declared that Iran’s missile arsenal can cover all of Israel’s territory.
“The Security Council must not stand by in silence when one member state of the United Nations calls for the annihilation of another member state [and] continues to disregard it obligations to the international community to develop its aggressive capabilities,” Danon wrote.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also demanded on Saturday that Western powers punish Iran for its development of nuclear-capable missiles and belligerent behavior.
Netanyahu instructed the Israeli Foreign Ministry to demand that the P5+1 countries responsible for negotiating the Iran nuclear deal implement punitive measures on Iran for its “repeated and gross violations on the missiles issue.”
“This is an important step in and of itself and is also a test of the major powers in enforcing the nuclear agreement,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.