Israel to demand Iran be punished for missile tests

A missile launched from the Alborz mountains in Iran on March 9, 2016, reportedly inscribed in Hebrew, 'Israel must be wiped out.' (Fars News)

A missile launched from the Alborz mountains in Iran on March 9, 2016, reportedly inscribed in Hebrew, ‘Israel must be wiped out.’ (Fars News)

Netanyahu instructs diplomats to appeal for action by P5+1 countries over Tehran’s ‘repeated and gross violations’

(SOURCE)  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Israeli diplomats to demand that world powers punish Iran for its recent ballistic missile launches, his office said on Saturday.

Netanyahu “instructed the foreign ministry to contact the P5+1 countries and demand that immediate punitive measures be taken in the wake of Iran’s repeated and gross violations on the missiles issue,” it said in an English-language statement.

“This is an important step in and of itself and is also a test of the major powers in enforcing the nuclear agreement,” it added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on February 28, 2016 (AFP / POOL / RONEN ZVULUN)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on February 28, 2016 (AFP / POOL / RONEN ZVULUN)

An agreement between Iran and the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) lifts international sanctions in return for Tehran ensuring that its nuclear program remains purely for civilian use.

Israel strongly opposed the deal with its arch foe, with Netanyahu warning that it would not block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.

Iran says it fired two long-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday and similar tests were carried out on Tuesday, less than two months after the Iran nuclear deal was implemented.

On Thursday, an Israeli foreign ministry statement condemned the launches.

“The development of ground-to-ground missiles with nuclear warhead capability calls into question Iran’s intentions to comply in full with the nuclear agreement,” it said.

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