No Violation, But US to Still Complain to UN About Iran Missile Tests

Power: World Must 'Slow and Degrade Iran's Missile Program'

Days after the Obama Administration had already admitted that Iran’s missile tests were not a violation of the P5+1 nuclear agreement, US officials announced that they intend to take Iran before the UN Security Council over the matter anyhow.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power insisted that the “dangerous launches” needed Security Council discussion, and proved the need for the world to “slow and degrade Iran’s missile program.”

Iran maintains that the tested missiles are purely for defensive purposes, and while that doesn’t appear to be in serious dispute, officials seem determined to still make hay over the launches because of media reports that the tests “threaten Israel.”

Power also suggested the US would try to tie the tests to UN Security Council resolution 2231, which bans Iran from launching nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. This is despite the fact that none of the missiles tested was in any way nuclear-capable, and Iran has no nuclear weapons program.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of