EU could sanction Iran over ballistic missile tests

France said on Sunday that Iran could face European sanctions over its recent launch of ballistic missiles, the BBC reported.

The country's Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said sanctions would be taken "if necessary", following talks in Paris with American and European counterparts.

Iran drew strong criticism earlier this month when it launched several missiles as part of a military exercise.

Last Tuesday the Iranian regime claimed it had fired a number of ballistic missiles in tests across the country, the first such ballistic missile test by Iran’s military since last October.

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 January, the United States imposed sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals in response to a previous round of tests.

That move came a day after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of a deal designed to prevent it developing nuclear arms.

Speaking alongside Ayrault on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the recent Iranian missile tests as a breach of UN resolutions.

Washington has asked the UN Security Council to discuss the matter on Monday, according to the BBC.


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