Reported by PMOI/MEK
July 11, 2018 - In a July 10 interview with Russia’s Interfax News Agency, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about the expansion of the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and stipulated that the alliance will be accordingly expanding its defense capabilities.
Stoltenberg criticized the regime of continuing to conduct missile tests and increase the capabilities of its missiles, which can soon become a threat for the allies of European states. "Iran's ballistic missiles continue to be a matter for the alliance, and Tehran continues to develop and test more powerful ballistic missiles that can reach NATO's European Allies, Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg’s remarks came right before NATO’s yearly conference, which is to be held on July 20 in Brussels.
Regarding the differences between U.S. and Europe over the Iran nuclear deal and its relation to the ballistic missile threat, Stoltenberg said, “The JCPOA deals with Iran’s nuclear weapons, and not with its ballistic missiles. The United States has ceased participation in the JCPOA, but all allies agree that Iran should never develop a nuclear weapon.”
On June 27, the UN Security Council convened to examine the UN Secretary General’s report about the missile threats posed by the Iranian regime. The spokesperson of Secretary General Antonio Gutteres as well as other speakers in the meeting expressed concern about the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile–related projects and its destabilizing activities in the Middle East region.
During the meeting Jonathan R. Cohen, the deputy U.S. ambassador to the UN, reminded the audience that the Iranian regime continues to destabilize the region and support its proxy terrorist groups and stressed that the world must respond to the regime’s threats.
"When confronted with a country that continually violates this council's resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences," Cohen said. "That is why we urge members of this Council to join us in the imposition of sanctions that target Iran's malign behavior in the region.”
In the same meeting, Francois Delattre and Karel Van Oosterom, the French and Dutch ambassadors to the UN, expressed similar concerns about the Iranian regime’s missile development project and its destabilizing activities and underlined the importance of stopping Tehran’s nefarious activities.