Israel demands Iran be punished for missile tests

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday demanded that Iran be punished for missile tests it carried out last week.

"I have instructed the Foreign Ministry to contact all of the major powers that signed the nuclear agreement with Iran and I asked them to implement their commitment to prevent Iran from violating the Security Council's decisions on the missiles issue," Netanyahu said.

"It cannot be that Iran will not be punished for this," he told his cabinet in Jerusalem.

This was an "important test" of the major powers' determination to enforce their nuclear deal with Iran, he said, adding: "We expect their answers."

Iran defended the tests on Thursday, saying it was not seeking military confrontation.

Two of the intermediate-range rockets were inscribed in Hebrew with the phrase "Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth," Fars news agency reported Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran said its missile tests did not infringe on international agreements as the rockets could not carry nuclear warheads, since Iran does not have a nuclear weapons programme.

The United States has said it will raise the Iran missile tests at the UN Security Council on Monday.

Last update: Sun, 13/03/2016 - 14:56


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