Analysis by PMOI/MEK
July 11, 2018 - Members of the North American Treaty Organization issued a statement after the first day of their summit in Brussels, condemning the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities and developing its missiles program.
On Wednesday NATO leaders made clear their condemning of any and all financial support for terrorism, including that of the Iranian regime for non-government armed groups.
“We are concerned by Iran’s intensified missile tests and the range and precision of its ballistic missiles and by Iran’s destabilizing activities in the wider Middle East region. We call upon Iran to refrain from all activities which are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 -- including all annexes,” Article 49 the NATO Summit statement reads in part.
Attending the summit along with U.S. President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted the Iranian regime’s “aggression” in general as a concerning subject.
Terrorist groups, Russian acts of hybrid warfare, Iranian aggression, and many other threats all directly jeopardize the security of our people. That’s why U.S. is asking all @NATO allies to increase their cooperation with partners in Africa and the Middle East. pic.twitter.com/pB9eumwMu7— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 11, 2018
Back in 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2231 confirming the Iran nuclear deal. However, Article 2 of this resolution calls on the Iranian regime to refrain from any activities in relation to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
NATO is evaluating the possibility of expanding its missile defense capabilities, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, after expressing concerns over the Iranian regime developing its ballistic missile program.
"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 in an interview with Russia’s Interfax news agency.
Tehran has continued to develop and test-fire ballistic missiles with increasing capacity; missiles that can reach the soil of NATO’s European allies, he added.
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.”
NATO will be continuing its long-term investment to provide for defensive powers and respond to long-term threats, Stoltenberg added.
In May 2016, NATO launched its anti-missile site in the city of Deveselu in southern Romania. This alliance also intends to strengthen its missile defense system in Turkey and Eastern Europe, especially Poland.