Israel calls for strict action after Iran missile test

Jan 31, 2017, 6:59 AM EST
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Iran for conducting a medium-range ballistic missile test over the weekend and called on the U.S. and the United Nations to act against such “flagrant violation” of Security Council resolution. Iran, which has carried out a string of similar tests since a 2015 nuclear deal relaxed sanctions against it, insisted that the latest trial is not covered by any U.N. resolution ratifying accord.

Iran’s missile development program and its regional activities are likely to top the agenda when Benjamin meets U.S. President Donald Trump in February, writes the BBC. Trump has been an ardent critic of the Iran nuclear deal, and the latest launch may nudge the president to reveal his practical steps towards reigning in Tehran.

The Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting after Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, warned that Iran’s aggression threatens not only regional peace but the entire Western world, notes The Jerusalem Post.