Russia calls U.S. bluff on Iran missile launches; says launches don’t violate UN resolution

Russia calls U.S. bluff on Iran missile launches; says launches don’t violate UN resolution
Red line master. (Image: NBC video via Jihad Watch)

[Ed. – That didn’t take long.  The U.S. won’t even get a sternly-worded warning to Iran out of any further diplomatic activity.  There’s nowhere to go from here, while Obama remains in charge.  Emphasis added.]

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin declared on Monday that Iran’s ballistic missile launches last week were not violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, stating that the language in the resolution is non-binding. The Russian position mirrors the Iranian view that the ballistic missile restrictions in Resolution 2231, passed in July codifying the nuclear agreement, was a weakened and non-binding version of the previous UN resolution on Iran’s ballistic missile activity, Resolution 1929. China and other members of the Security Council agree with that interpretation as well. … When the resolution passed the Security Council last July, members of Congress expressed concerns that the administration had acquiesced to Russian and Iranian demands and allowed the language to be weakened. On Monday, Russia’s ambassador argued, “A call is different from a ban so legally you cannot violate a call, you can comply with a call or you can ignore the call, but you cannot violate a call. The legal distinction is there.”

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