Resolution 2231 does not apply to Iran ’s recent missile test
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 13
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 does not apply to Iran 's recent ballistic missile test, a senior Iranian lawyer has said.
The recent resolution is based on the implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), that will come into effect only after the nuclear deal has been implemented by the participating sides, Nabiollah Ahmadlu told Trend Oct.13.
He added that since the JCPOA has not been implemented yet, the resolution is not of concern for the time being and there can be no ban on Iran 's missile tests as far as Resolution 2231 is concerned.
Resolution 2231 was passed on July 20, six days after Iran and the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) came to a conclusion on Iran 's nuclear program.
The resolution recognized the JCPOA and in part of it concerning missile tests, it asked Iran to limit its missile program for a period of some 10 years in order to build trust with the six powers.
Asked for his view about the quality of a hypothetical reaction from Western powers in case Iran violates the resolution, Ahmadlu said history has shown that much is not expected to happen in that regard.
" Iran continued missile tests in contempt of previous resolutions which were much tougher in prohibiting Iran from missile tests, while the recent resolution has much moderated the tone of its predecessors," the lawyer explained.
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said Oct. 11 that the Islamic Republic had successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile, dubbed Emad.
Dehqan added the surface-to-surface missile has been completely designed and manufactured by experts of Iran 's Aerospace Industries Organization affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Defense.
Emad is Iran 's first long-range missile with guidance and control systems.
Edited by CN