Iran "risks EU sanctions over missile tests" – France

10:23, 14 March 2016
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France says Iran could face European sanctions over its recent launch of ballistic missiles, BBC reported. 


Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said sanctions would be taken "if necessary," following talks in Paris with U.S. and European counterparts, according to BBC.

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

In January, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals in response to a previous round of tests, according to the report.

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 Foreign Minister Ayrault on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the recent Iranian missile tests as a breach of UN resolutions, BBC said.

The U.S. has asked the UN Security Council to discuss the matter on Monday.

Iran says its missiles are for use solely as a conventional deterrent. It says it has ballistic missiles with a range of 2,000km, which means they would be capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the Middle East.

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