While sovereign equality forms a basis for other rules, such as state immunity, one of the most crucial outcomes of sovereign equality is the right of self-defense. In fact, the right of self-defense, like state immunity, is rooted in the principle of the sovereign equality. UN General Assembly Resolution 2625 also noted some elements directly related to the right of self-defense including "[e]ach State enjoys the rights inherent in full sovereignty" and "[t]he territorial integrity and political independence of the State are inviolable" Self-defense is further recognized as an "inherent right" of states according to the Article 51 of the UN Charter. … [Read more...] about Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program from an International Law Perspective
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As we have been warning for some time, Iran’s missile testing and missile proliferation is growing. We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence. We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. … [Read more...] about State: Iran Tests Ballistic Missiles Capable of Carrying Nuclear Warhead to Europe
Among those targeted by the sanctions are two senior Iranian defense officials, including the Deputy Director for Commerce of Iran’s Defense Industries Organization, Morteza Farasatpour. Farasatpour was responsible for coordinating sale and delivery of explosives and other materials to Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, the Syrian entity involved in the development of non-conventional weapons and delivery systems. In addition, the sanctions target Chinese national Ruan Runling and a network of three Chinese companies found to have supplied Iran’s military with missile-related items, including navigation-applicable technology and guidance systems, as well as one Iran-based company supporting Iran’s missile programmes. … [Read more...] about US Sanctions Persons Connected to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Programme
Saudi authorities say Houthis have fired 90 ballistic missiles at the country in the past year, and both Riyadh and the U.S. have directly accused Iran of providing the weapons. In December, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley spoke in front of what she said were the remnants of an Iranian-made ballistic missile fired by Houthis. The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also said there is evidence that Tehran is supplying missiles. … [Read more...] about Who Are The Houthis And Why Are They Firing Missiles At Saudi Arabia?
Pyongyang was also instrumental in the Syrian nuclear weapons program, helping construct the nuclear reactor destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007. Ten North Korean scientists were reportedly killed when the reactor was destroyed, putting a freeze on Damascus’s nuclear ambitions. From Israel’s point of view, the reactor was “an emerging existential threat to Israel and the entire region.” Though widely assumed to be the work of the Israel Defense Forces, its role was only officially revealed this year. … [Read more...] about North Korea Threatened to Sell Missile Technology to Iran—Unless Israel Paid $1BN