The defence alliance’s Secretary General claimed they were looking into the test, but promised to “develop” Nato’s own missile defence system in response to the apparent threat from the Middle East.
A US official confirmed the deadly missile exploded 630 miles away from where it was fired, claiming the Iranians were “testing Trump”.
The test took place at a test site near Semnan, according to the official who would only speak on condition of anonymity.
But the deployment of the weapon of mass destruction is in direct contradiction to a UN resolution, saying Iran must not launch ballistic missiles.
Nato promised to bolster its missile defence in the wake of Iran threat
We see that several nations including Iran are developing different kinds of ballistic missiles
Speaking at a press conference in Belgium, Jens Stoltenberg said: “We are looking into the nature of what happened and the details surrounding the ballistic missile launch.
“I cannot comment on the details of that incident But what I can say is that Nato continues to develop its ballistic missile defence system because we see that several nations including Iran are developing different kinds of ballistic missiles and are testing and strengthening their systems.
“That just underlines that Nato has to continue to develop a ballistic missile system.”
“We have previously offered Russia to work together with them on this, then Russia rejected and Nato has continued to develop our system which is a defensive system and it’s a way to protect Europe against missile threats.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded international retaliation to the deployment of the Russian-developed missile, which was originally designed for submarines and is an “Iranian act of aggression that must not go unanswered”.
He also called for an end to the “failed nuclear accord” with the mainly Muslim nation and for President Trump to take a hard line against “such acts of terrorism”.
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Despite early reservations about Nato, President Trump has promised to stick by the alliance, in a movie welcomed by Mr Stoltenberg.
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NATO – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4th April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
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One of the world’s major international institutions. It is a political and military Alliance of 28 member countries from Europe and North America. Photo shows: View of leaders of NATO, 1960.
“I spoke with then President-elect Donald Trump after he was elected in November and I’ve also spoken with Secretary of Defence Mattis recently,” he added.
“They have all conveyed the same message that the United States will remain committed to Nato.”
The US currently has 3,500 soldiers in Europe, who will be joined by another 1,600 as well as helicopters and aircraft next month, as part of a wider, multinational build-up of Nato nations.
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the US Army’s top commander in Europe, said the build-up reinforces President Trump’s reassurances that he gave to the leaders of Britain, Germany and France over the importance of Nato.