Iran Mis­sile Tests Not Banned By UNSC Res­o­lu­tion 2231

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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.

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