Yesterday Israel learned that, ten days ago, Iran tested a ballistic missile with a range of 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles). The missile included a payload heavy enough to carry a nuclear warhead, according to US officials.
Israel's response was swift. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted his reaction, calling the test "a flagrant violation of the [UN] Security Council."
His reference was to UNSC Resolution 2231, passed shortly after the nuclear deal with Iran was signed in July 2015. The resolution calls on 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.”
Netanyahu also tweeted a summons to reimpose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
His appeal was heard. The US has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council today. It is the first time that the Trump administration and its new Ambassador, Nikki Haley, have called for a Security Council meeting.
Meanwhile, after agreeing to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on 15 February, the Times of Israel reports that the Prime Minister plans to discuss with Trump the "entire failed nuclear accord" with Iran. Part of that discussion will be an agrument from Netanyahu for Trump to to resume sanctions against Iran following the missile test.
Earlier this month Trump called the deal signed between Iran and world powers “one of the dumbest” he had ever seen.
One analyst with Israeli News Channel 10 said Tehran's launch was an Iranian "test" of Trump's leadership.
According to the US network, FOX, the Iranian missile that was tested is called the Khorramshahr in Farsi. It is based on a Russian-made missile designed for launching from a submarine platform. North Korea has successfully tested a ground launch of the design.
Echoing his prime minister's sentiments, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement that “Iran has once again defied Security Council resolutions and revealed its true intentions. The international community must not bury its head in the sand in the face of this Iranian aggression. The Security Council members must act immediately in response to these Iranian actions which endanger not only Israel, but the entire Middle East.”
Meanwhile, Iran's Tasnim news agency quoted a top-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander as saying on Sunday that the country was “among a handful of countries that have gained the know-how” to build ballistic missiles that can hit moving targets.
“Our enemies have stood against us with complex and special tactics and techniques,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said. “In order to confront them, we need to take the initiative and employ special methods, techniques and tactics.”
Because this is a significantly edited version of the original reported posted by Breitbart at http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/01/31/netanyahu-says-iran-test-launch-flagrant-breach-security-council-resolution/, Brian Schrauger, Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Journal is added as a co-author of this post.