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Israel demands world powers punish Iran for missile tests

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday called on world powers to punish Iran after the country test-fired two ballistic missiles emblazoned with the phrase ‘‘Israel must be wiped out’’ in Hebrew.

Netanyahu said he instructed Israel’s Foreign Ministry to direct the demand to the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany — the countries that signed the deal lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

France’s foreign minister raised the possibility of European sanctions against Iran over the missile tests.

Jean-Marc Ayrault said that ‘‘if necessary, sanctions will be taken.’’ He spoke during a news conference after a meeting in Paris with Secretary of State John Kerry and several European counterparts. Kerry said the Iranian missile launches are a violation of UN resolutions and ‘‘could invite additional sanctions as we put them in place . . . as a result of the prior tests.’’


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard test-launched the ballistic missiles last week, the latest in a series of recent tests aimed at demonstrating Iran’s intentions to push ahead with its missile program after scaling back its nuclear program under the deal reached last year.

After last week’s missile launches, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Iran to ‘‘act with moderation,’’ and the US ambassador to the United Nations said the launches were ‘‘provocative and destabilizing.’’