France has condemned the launch of an Iranian ballistic missile
Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
4 December 2018
We just had a meeting that France requested, together with the United Kingdom, on the launch of a ballistic missile by Iran on December 1st.
I think this was an important and needed meeting, and I think it was a useful one. My takeaway is that there are widely shared concerns about the situation.
As far as we are concerned, as France, we have condemned the launch.
We indeed reiterate that the Iranian ballistic missile programme, and the launch of this medium-range ballistic missile, is inconsistent with Security Council resolution 2231. I insist on “inconsistent with”, to answer questions you raised earlier.
That’s why we, as France, call on Iran to immediately cease any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.
Q : Is there going to be a following meeting on this ? Is France going to pursue this issue ?
We’ll follow the issue very carefully, there is no doubt. It is our responsibility to do so. What is at stake here is at the heart of the responsibilities of the Security Council.
Q : Should there be a follow up, should there be any sanctions, any snapback sanctions ?
As I said to your colleague, we will continue to follow carefully the situation, which is a source of serious concern for the very reasons I just mentioned. I believe this assessment that the Security Council needs to stay involved and continue to follow very carefully the situation is widely shared.
Q : President of Council said that the launch of the missile is not verified, is that your view or the view of the majority of the Council ?
Secondly, to you, the word “inconsistent”, can you tell us straight forward : is it violation of 2231 and is it not violation of 2231 ?
I was quite clear in what I said 1 minute ago when I said that in our views this programme and this launch is inconsistent with Security Council resolution.
Q : To turn to Thursday, does France support the Hamas resolution as it is in the General Assembly as the US proposed it ?
Q : And does the European Union, as far as you know ?