Tehran Will Never Make Nuclear-Capable Missiles - Iranian Foreign Ministry


Iran's military has cited 2,000 kilometers as the current missile range, and said us bases in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as USA aircraft carriers in the Gulf, were within range.

Over the weekend, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of carrying multiple warheads and striking parts of Europe and the entire Middle East.

Iran's U.N. Mission said that the country's ballistic missile program is purely defensive and a "deterrent tool against foreign threats" and declared that the country isn't violating the resolution. But the separate continued development of Iran's missile programme is risky and provocative. "Under President Trump, we are not abandoning global leadership or our friends in the worldwide system", he added.

"Missile tests and the overall defensive capability of the Islamic Republic are for defense [purposes] and in line with our country's deterrence [policy]... This provocative behaviour can not be tolerated".

Asked if the United States was aware of European sensibilities, Hook said: "Those who negotiated the deal, to begin with, made it very clear that just because it was focused on the nuclear (deal) didn't limit them from addressing all the other threats that Iran presents to peace and security".

We have urged the UN Security Council to ensure that Iran cease such activity in defiance of key UNSC measures, and that Iran and all Member States comply fully with the resolutions prohibiting proliferation of missile technology to and from Iran. Iran maintains that the resolution does not require it to stop missile development, which it says has nothing to do with its nuclear programme. The agreement does not bar Western powers or the United Nations from imposing additional sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities such as ballistic missile tests, support of terrorism, and human rights violations.

"In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity", Mike Pompeo said in a foreign policy speech.

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In this sense, Saturday's launch was in tension with United Nations Security Council 2231, which oversaw the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and separately "called upon" the Islamic Republic to avoid work on all weapons that are created to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

Separately, Mr. Zarif accused Washington of arming militant groups that fight against the Tehran-backed Syrian government and the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen.

Hook said US discussions with the Europeans about missile sanctions are gaining traction.

The letter stated that while Britain, France and Germany took "note of Iran's official position on these missile strikes as a response to a terrorist attack in Iran, we assess that Iran's firing of the short range ballistic missiles was inconsistent" with resolution 2231.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called the test "provocative, threatening and inconsistent" with the United Nations resolution.

"I believe that we are making progress toward getting a proposal tabled in Brussels that would designate the individuals and the entities that are facilitating Iran's missile program".