Washington, European Union Allies Demand Iran Halt Ballistic Activity

"We condemn this action," read a joint statement by Britain, France, Germany and the United States, saying Thursday's test was in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

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Washington, European Union Allies Demand Iran Halt Ballistic Activity

Iran's program to develop ballistic missiles is inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 (Representational)

Washington:  The United States and three of its European allies urged Iran to halt all ballistic missile activity after Tehran tested a satellite-launch rocket in what Washington denounced as a "provocative" act.

"We condemn this action," read a joint statement by Britain, France, Germany and the United States, saying Thursday's test was in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

"Iran's program to develop ballistic missiles continues to be inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 and has a destabilizing impact in the region. We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities."

The United States also imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran's ballistic missile programme, citing continued "provocative actions" like Tehran's launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit.

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