Netanyahu Urges Trump to Enforce New Sanctions Against Iran After Missile Launch

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Jan 30, 2017 5:30 PM
Netanyahu Urges Trump to Enforce New Sanctions Against Iran After Missile Launch

Iran blatantly ignored the UN resolution 2231 on Sunday by conducting a ballistic missile test. The resolution, created in 2015, demanded that Iran not launch any ballistic missile tests for eight years. 

The Islamic Republic's defiance demands new sanctions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is arguing.

"Over the weekend, Iran launched a ballistic missile,"  the prime minister said. "This is a gross violation of the [UN] Security Council's resolution. I will be meeting soon with President Trump in Washington and, among other issues, I will raise the need to renew sanctions against Iran – sanctions against ballistic missiles and additional sanctions against terror."

Iran's ballistic missile launch is also apparently in violation of the Obama administration's Iranian nuclear deal, an agreement strongly condemned by Netanyahu. Trump had previously pledged to rip up the deal, yet on Sunday he spoke with Saudi and Abu Dhabi leaders and reportedly pledged to enforce the agreement.

Netanyahu will have the chance to directly make his case to President Trump when he comes to the U.S. on Feb. 15.