Letter dated 21 November 2019 from the Permanent Representatives of France, Germany and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2019/911)

November 27, 2019

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile

Related Country: 

  • France
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom

Further to our letter dated 25 March 2019 (S/2019/270), France, Germany and the United Kingdom wish to bring to the attention of the Security Council recent actions undertaken by Iran which are inconsistent with paragraph 3 of annex B to resolution 2231 (2015), regarding Iran’s ballistic missile programme.

As the Security Council is aware, paragraph 3 of annex B to resolution 2231 (2015) states:

Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology, until the date eight years after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action adoption day or until the date on which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submits a report confirming the Broader Conclusion, whichever is earlier.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom are concerned that the developments outlined in the present letter are inconsistent with this provision, which was included in Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) to provide reassurance to the international community that Iran was not actively developing nuclear-capable missiles or technologies which could support such systems.