Military spokesman: Iran to continue missile tests for 'defense and deterrence

Military spokesman: Iran to continue missile tests for 'defense and deterrence

In a statement issued in connection with the closed meeting, the Islamic Republic's diplomatic mission to the United Nations stressed that "all ballistic missile related activities of Iran are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of resolution 2231". The United Kingdom and France, who convened a UN Security Council session to discuss reports of ballistic tests in Iran, have failed to present any evidence demonstrating that UN Security Council resolutions were violated, a spokesman for Russia's mission to the UN told TASS.

Iran has defended its missile programme, saying that its programme or tests are not banned under any Security Council resolution, and fiercely refuses to put it on the table during negotiations.

She said the test did not comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and called on Tehran to immediately stop all its ballistic missile-related activities created to carry nuclear weapons.

The UN resolution calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, but does not specifically bar Tehran from missile launches. According to him, the missile in question is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

"We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

The Security Council has been divided since the resolution was adopted over whether the language on ballistic missile launches is permissive or mandatory.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of an worldwide nuclear agreement in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic, criticising the deal for not including curbs on Iran's development of ballistic missiles.

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In keeping with pre-established talking points, the USA used the meeting to describe the latest launch - one of approximately a dozen since the nuclear deal went into effect - as an outright violation of the Security Council resolution.

He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile, Reuters news agency reported.

"Today, Iran is among the world's topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)", the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations.

The United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday over a medium-range ballistic missile test by Iran that the United States, Britain and France said flouted U.N. restrictions on Tehran's missile programme. As Washington, D.C., moves forward with a bevy of new sanctions on Iran, some European allies have continued to balk the USA administration, seeking avenues to preserve the nuclear pact and ensure economic ties with Tehran remain open.

Britain, France and Germany in March proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters, but were rebuffed by other European Union nations including Italy, which are seeking to develop business ties with the Islamic Republic.

This pressure, together with more broad-minded pressure from the White House, may serve to amplify the "cracks" that Fox News reported to be showing in the "Iran deal coalition" on Tuesday. The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are.

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