PM Netanyahu flies urgently to Brussels to discuss Iran’s missile test with Pompeo
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels later on Monday, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
It said the meeting was arranged last week and that “developments in the region” would be discussed, although it did not provide details.
Pompeo is an outspoken critic of Iran’s nuclear program and he condemned on Saturday the latest missile test by the Islamic republic.
Netanyahu will be accompanied by the head of the Mossad spy agency, the Israeli national security adviser and his military attache, the statement said.
Iran will continue missile tests to build up its defense and deterrence capabilities, a top military spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, following a U.S. allegation that Tehran had carried out a new missile test.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Missile tests … are carried out for defense and the country’s deterrence and we will continue this,” General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. He did not confirm or deny that Iran had carried out a new test.
Earlier, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted: “Iran just test-fired an INF-range ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and Europe. This provocative behavior cannot be tolerated.”