Iran says missile program defensive after U.S. test allegation
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran stated on Sunday its missile program is defensive and no longer in breach of U.N. resolutions, the state information company IRNA stated, following a U.S. allegation that Tehran had performed a brand new missile test.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran’s trying out of a medium-range ballistic missile in a position to sporting a couple of warheads as a contravention of the 2015 global settlement at the Iranian nuclear program.
“Iran’s missile program is defensive in nature… There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran,” IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as announcing in line with Pompeo’s remarks.
Qasemi didn’t verify or deny that Iran had performed a brand new missile test.
Under the U.N. answer enshrining the 2015 nuclear care for Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran is “called upon” to chorus for as much as 8 years from paintings on ballistic missiles designed to ship nuclear guns.
Iran has again and again stated its missile program is solely defensive and denied its missiles are in a position to being tipped with nuclear warheads.
Qasemi, addressing Pompeo, stated: “It is…ironic that you cite a resolution that you have not only breached through your unilateral and unlawful withdrawal form the (nuclear) accord but that you also encourage others to breach or even threaten to punish and sanction them if they carry it (accord) out.”
President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, licensed earlier than he took administrative center, in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. Trump stated the deal was once wrong because it didn’t come with curbs on Iran’s building of ballistic missiles or its strengthen for armed proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
Reporting through Dubai newsroom; Editing through Mark Heinrich