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U.S. says Iran missile programme destabilising Middle East

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U.S. says Iran missile programme destabilising Middle East
FILE PHOTO: Iranian-made Emad missile is displayed during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo   -   Copyright  Raheb Homavandi(Reuters)
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GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday that Iran’s missile programme is destabilising the Middle East and increasing the risk of a “regional arms race”.

Yleem Poblete, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament that Washington would aggressively counter “Iran’s regional proliferation of ballistic missiles and its unlawful arms transfers”.

She urged “all responsible countries” to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions restricting the transfer of missile-related technologies to Iran.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Babak Dehghanpisheh)

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