The United States has called on the European Union to enact its own set of sanctions targeting Iran following Tehran’s test of a missile last weekend.
“We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran’s missile program,” Brian Hook, the State Department official who oversees Iran policy, said Monday.
Hook spoke during a flight with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.
Hook told reporters that the United Nations Security Council has been “consistent” for the past 12 years in telling Iran to stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles and that Iran has been “defying the Council.”
On Saturday, Pompeo said Iran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of a UN resolution, while Iran said its missile program was purely defensive in nature and solely for the defense of the country.