Iran Missile Tests Not Banned By UNSC Resolution 2231
TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. officials have confessed that neither the Iran nuclear deal nor the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 ban Iran from testing its missiles.
Reacting to the U.S. officials’ remarks against Iran’s missile program, Zarif said it goes without saying that neither the JCPOA nor the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 ban Iran’s missile program.
Speaking to reporters after a cabinet session on Wednesday, he said the U.S. officials have admitted it both in the previous and current administrations.
“As former U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, recently said, the Islamic Republic’s missiles are categorized as conventional weapons because of their precision-guided capabilities,” he said.
The U.S. officials’ remarks serve as a pretext for the country to justify its own violation of the Iran nuclear deal and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, he added.
“As we witnessed, the UN Security Council declined to hold a meeting based on the U.S.’ unfounded accusations against Iran’s missile program,” he noted.
He touched upon Iran’s defensive capabilities and said as the Islamic Republic has always underlined its policies are totally defensive.
“Those states which are making provocative remarks about Iran’s defensive capabilities are those which have flooded our region with weapons, endangering our regional security. Such states are not in a position to urge us to put aside our defensive programs.”
Touching on the return of U.S. warships to the Persian Gulf, Zarif said as Iran has always stressed, the presence of foreign forces in the Persian Gulf undermines its security and Iran will strongly defend its territory.
Zarif also said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that the European Union has developed to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will be in place soon.
He said he had been informed during last week’s trips to Brussels and Geneva that Europe has made the final arrangements for the SPV and the financial mechanism will be established in the near future.
Considering that the U.S. seeks to get information about and hinder any development that is in favor of Iran, the Europeans are handling the process of establishment of the SPV confidentially until achievement of the final result, Zarif said, adding that Europe itself is pressing ahead with the process and will make announcements after reaching results.