Punish Iran for missile tests, Israel tells world powers

Netanyahu on Sunday called on world powers to punish Iran after the country test-fired two missiles emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew.

By: AP | Jerusalem | Updated: March 13, 2016 6:54 pm
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel PM, Iran missile test, Iran ballistic missile test, Iran nuclear deal, Iran Revolutionary Guard, Iran Army, Middle East, World news Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on Sunday. (Pool via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on world powers to punish Iran after the country test-fired two ballistic missiles emblazoned with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew.

Netanyahu said he instructed Israel’s Foreign Ministry to direct the demand to the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — the countries that signed the deal lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard test-launched the ballistic missiles last week, the latest in a series of recent tests aimed at demonstrating Iran’s intentions to push ahead with its missile program after scaling back its nuclear program under the deal reached last year.

Following last week’s missile launches, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Iran to “act with moderation,” and the US ambassador to the United Nations said the launches were “provocative and destabilizing.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the missile tests do not violate Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers or UN Security Council resolutions. A Security Council resolution last year removing sanctions called on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to deliver a nuclear weapon.

The Israeli leader said world powers had pledged to prevent Iran from such violations. Speaking ahead of his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said his demand for punitive action against Iran was “important as a test of the major powers’ determination to enforce the nuclear agreement with Iran and, of course, we expect their answers.”

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    Ramakrishnan P
    Mar 14, 2016 at 8:35 am
    There is perhaps the following way to solve this: 1. Israel recognizes Palestine. 2. Iran recognizes Israel. And other Arab countries do the same. 3. Part of Jerum remains with Israel and is its capital. 4. Part of Jerum is with Palestine and is it's capital. 5. The important religious sites in Jerum is formed into a no-man's land - entry to which is controlled by both Palestine and Israel and no -settlements be allowed here except for maybe the priests or imams. Ramakrishnan