US and allies urge UN action against Iran for missile tests


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and three allies are calling for a Security Council meeting to respond to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests which they say were carried out in defiance of a U.N. resolution.

A report from the U.S., France, Britain and Germany obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press calls the launches “destabilizing and provocative” and says the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile and Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile that were fired are “inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

A Security Council resolution adopted after the Iran nuclear deal was signed last year calls for Iran not to launch any ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

When the Iranian test-firings were raised in the council on March 14, Russia said the launches were not a violation, which makes council action unlikely.