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Iran says missile programme 'defensive', after testing rocket 'capable of hitting Europe'

06 December 2018, 11:29 | Darnell Patrick

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

AN IRANIAN ballistic missile on display in Tehran

"While [the United States] itself violates [UN Security Council resolution] 2231 - and even threatens to punish those who don't wish to violate it in abiding with illegal US sanctions - it now falsely accuses Iran of violating the very SAME resolution", Mr. Zarif added.

The nuclear deal provides for a lifting of sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear activities.

Envoys from Britain, France and the United States voiced concern Tuesday at the United Nations following Iran's test-firing of a medium-range ballistic missile last Saturday.

Iran will continue missile tests that are "carried out for defense and the country's deterrence", General Abolfazl Shekarchi, Iran's armed forces spokesman, said as cited by Tasnim news agency.

Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defenses and denied this was in breach of United Nations resolutions.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Tehran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile in breach of the United Nations resolution.

In this file picture taken on November 26, 2018, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the UN Security Council during a UNSC meeting on Ukraine at the United Nations in NY, the United States. Still, Agence France Presse quoted British Ambassador Karen Pierce as saying that Iran's activities "go way beyond legitimate defensive needs", and Reuters credited France with objecting to the Iranian "frenzy" for missile development and stockpiling.

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The Trump administration's response to these latest tests stands apart from that of its predecessor, the Obama administration, which intentionally left Iran's ballistic missile technology off the table when inking the landmark nuclear pact.

She added, "The global community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions".

A foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran on Sunday refused to confirm if the missile test had taken place.

He urged the country to "cease these activities" that violate the Iranian nuclear deal, despite the U.S. withdrawing from the landmark accord this May.

Worse still, the USA now not only openly forces all nations to violate the terms of resolution 2231, but also threatens to punish them for its implementation.

The raising of the potential deal breach by its European signatories comes as relations between Iran and the United States hit a low ebb after the latter's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement in May and its reimposition of sanctions on the Iranian economy. "Iran is on the wrong track and our campaign of maximum economic pressure is created to starve the regime of the revenue it needs to test missiles and proliferate missiles, support terrorism, conduct cyber attacks, [and] conduct acts of maritime aggression". Those launches came a week after an assault by militants on an Iranian military parade in the southern city of Ahvaz killed 25 people. "Iran's continued testing and proliferation of ballistic missiles shows that the Iran deal has not moderated the Iranian regime as some had hoped".

"Furthermore, this ballistic missile activity is destabilising and increases regional tensions", it added.



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