Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that the launch was a breach of last year’s nuclear deal.
He has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contact the P5+1 countries and demand immediate punitive measures against Iran’s “repeated and gross violations on the missile issue,” according to an official statement.
Though not elaborating on the violations, Israel said such punitive measures are “an important step and a test of the major powers in enforcing the nuclear agreement.”
On Wednesday, Iran test launched two ballistic missiles, with “Israel must be wiped out” reportedly written in Hebrew on them.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the test firing was intended to “show Iran’s deterrent power and … ability to confront any threat,” and didn’t violate the nuclear deal.
The historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China plus Germany, was signed in July 2015 to lift the international sanctions on Iran in return for curbing and supervising its nuclear program.
The hard-line Israeli prime minister has been a vocal opponent of the deal, calling it a “historic mistake.” Enditem