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John Kerry calls Zarif to protest Iran missile tests

US Secretary Of State John Kerry Has Called His Iranian Opposite Number To Protest Tehran’s Latest Round Of Ballistic Missile Tests, A Fresh Bone Of Contention Between The Two Sides.

PTI | Updated on: 10 Mar 2016, 08:37:25 AM

Washington:

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called his Iranian opposite number to protest Tehran’s latest round of ballistic missile tests, a fresh bone of contention between the two sides.

Iran and the US have no formal diplomatic ties, but Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif built a close working relationship during negotiations for last year’s nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

The US argues that a series of apparent missile tests breach the terms of a UN Security Council resolution and will result in new economic sanctions - either from Washington or the world body.

“If they are confirmed, if they’re true, as I said yesterday, we’ll take up the appropriate action inside the UN,” State Department spokesman John Kirby warned yesterday.

“But I don’t want to convey the impression that we are only looking at multilateral or UN possibilities in terms of measures to deal with it.” 

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First Published : 10 Mar 2016, 08:34:00 AM

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