Iran says missile programme defensive after USA test allegation


Iran on Saturday test-fired a missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Amid tension between Washington and Tehran over ballistic missiles, Pompeo warned in a statement released on Twitter that Iran is increasing its "testing and proliferation" of missiles and called on the Islamic Republic to "cease these activities".

In September 2017, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran's missile program is defensive.

"The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads". "Trump came in, ripped it up and now we are seeing more missile tests, we're seeing escalation and we are seeing a drift towards war". "This provocative behavior can not be tolerated".

The resolution says Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons. Iran's missile testing & missile proliferation is growing.

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected Pompeo's claims against Iran's missile capabilities, saying the program is defensive and does not violate the global agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

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"The interesting and of course farcical point here is that you are referring to a resolution that you have not only violated by unilaterally and illegally withdrawing from the JCPOA, but also you urge others to breach it, and even threaten to punish or slap sanctions on them if they implement the agreement", he added.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 enshrined the 2015 worldwide nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from which Washington has withdrawn under the pretext that it should have included Iran's missile program as well.

President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, approved before he took office, in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

The missile has the ability to hit parts of Europe and any location in the Middle East, the secretary said.

The Iranian spokesman's comment comes after the Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted the claims of Pompeo earlier in the day that the Iranian missile program allegedly violated the UN Security Council's resolutions. "Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231".