American UN envoy Nikki Haley rebukes Iran over missile test



U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to journalists Jan. 31. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

( The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, rebuked Iran over its recent ballistic missile test at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying the test was “absolutely unacceptable.”

“The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out,” Haley said Wednesday.

Fox News reported Sunday that Iran conducted a test of its Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile at a well-known test site out of the city of Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran. U.N. Resolution 2231, which was put in place after the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran was signed in July 2015, forbids the Islamic Republic from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years.

Iran confirmed Wednesday that it had conducted the ballistic missile test, but the country denied that it has violated the nuclear agreement or U.N. resolutions. 

“The action was in line with boosting Iran’s defense power and is not in contradiction with the JCPOA (the nuclear deal) or Resolution 2231,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said, AFP reported. 

“This test was in line with our ongoing program,” Dehghan added.“We have previously announced that we will execute the programs we have planned in production of defense items meant for our national interests and objectives. Nobody can influence our decision.”

Posted on February 1, 2017 .