The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, has warned that Iran may be defying a call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal, The Guardian reported Thursday.
Guterres said in a report to the Security Council that the United Nations was investigating Iran’s possible transfer of ballistic missiles to Houthi Shia terrorists in Yemen that may have been used in launches aimed at Saudi Arabia in July and November.
The report on implementation of a UN resolution that endorsed the July 2015 nuclear agreement was obtained on Wednesday by the Associated Press.
In the report, Guterres stressed that the nuclear deal remained “the best way” to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.
He said US President Donald Trump’s decision in October not to certify the agreement under US law created “considerable uncertainty” about its future.
But he added: “I am reassured that the United States has expressed its commitment to stay in the joint comprehensive plan of action for now.”
Trump has left open the possibility of pulling out of the nuclear deal.
Guterres welcomed support for the treaty from its other parties, who include China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, the European Union and others.
“I encourage the United States to maintain its commitments to the plan and to consider the broader implications for the region before taking any further steps,” he said.
“Similarly, I encourage Iran to carefully consider the concerns raised by other participants in the plan.”
Guterres said the UN was studying debris from missiles fired at Yanbu in Saudi Arabia on 22 July and at the capital of Riyadh on 4 November.