Iran remains silent on questions about missile launches, confiscated arms shipment

The Sanctions Committee Chair of the United Nations told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Iran remained silent regarding inquiries about alleged ballistic missile launches and a confiscated arms shipment.

The U.N. Security Council met for its 7,028th meeting on Thursday. Chair Gary Quinlan addressed the council, recapping the activity of the Committee between July 16 and September 5. Quinlan announced that while the Committee did ask Iran about an alleged launching of missiles and an interception of an arms shipment, Iran's Permanent Representative did not provide a response and an answer may not come.

Iran allegedly launched its Shahab 1 and 3 missiles during the Great Prophet 7 exercises, what Quinlan called a violation of Council resolution 1929. The alleged interception of an arms shipment Quinlan said was a likely violation of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747.

Quinlan announced that the Committee sent letters to Iran asking for an explanation and has not received any response. The Committee's Panel of Experts recommended increasing practical steps to increase Iran's compliance with the Council regulations, but none have yet been approved.

After the briefing, several Council members discussed what, if any, actions to take with verified information. The delegate of the Russian Federation said a political and diplomatic settlement had no alternative.

Some of the leaders present called for another round of talks between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent Council members plus Germany. Other leaders said they expect negotiations to continue between the new Iranian Administration and the International Atomic Energy Agency.