Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend: An Iranian army commander has said that the country will strengthen its missile program despite the UN resolutions. "The country's missiles program will be more precise and strengthen," Mehr news agency quoted the Iranian army's chief commander, Maj-Gen Ataollah Salehi, as saying.
Saying that the country's missiles program is not considered as a threat against its neighboring countries and friends, the commander added that the program is aimed at increasing Iran's deterrent capacity against the enemies. He further added that the Islamic Republic does not consider itself bound by the UN resolutions urging the country to restrict its missiles program.
Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231 (2015) adopted by the UN Security Council on 20 July 2015 endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA/nuclear deal) , calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
Last October, Iran test fired its latest "long-range" missile dubbed Emad which triggered a negative reaction from the West.
Following the test-fire several Western sources claimed that Tehran violated the UN Security Council resolution by test-firing Emad missile, suggesting it is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.