Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has characterized U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks at the UN Security Council as “bragging”.
On December 12, Pompeo told the UN Security Council that Washington would seek to work with the 15-member body to reimpose ballistic missile restrictions on Iran. He also said a UN arms embargo on Tehran should not be lifted in 2020. He called on the Security Council to establish "inspection and interdiction measures, in ports and on the high seas, to thwart Iran's continuing efforts to circumvent arms restrictions."
Zarif fired off a tweet on Thursday, calling Pompeo’s remarks “bragging” and accused the U.S. of violating the same resolution that Washington says Iran is violating.
Iran’s ambassador to the UN has also said that the U.S. has taken the Security Council “hostage”.
President Donald Trump’s administration has accused Tehran of violating UN resolution 2231 that bans Iran from any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Iran tested a missile in early December that is thought to be capable of carrying multiple warheads. Both the U.S. and U.K. condemned the test as a violation of the UN resolution.
Later a senior Iranian official admitted to the test and said that Iran will continue its missile program.