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Kerry calls Zarif to protest Iran missile tests

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016,9:49 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | US Secretary of State John Kerry has called his Iranian opposite number to protest Tehran’s latest round of ballistic missile tests, a fresh bone of contention between the two sides. Iran and the US have no formal diplomatic ties, but Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif built a close working relationship during negotiations for last year’s nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

The US argues that a series of apparent missile tests breach the terms of a UN Security Council resolution and will result in new economic sanctions either from Washington or the world body. If they are confirmed, if they are true, as I said yesterday, we will take up the appropriate action inside the UN, State Department spokesman John Kirby warned yesterday. But I don’t want to convey the impression that we are only looking at multilateral or UN possibilities in terms of measures to deal with it.