Iran: No Kerry-Zarif phone talk on Tehran’s recent missile tests
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's foreign ministry rejected reports about phone talk between Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry on Tehran's recent missile tests.
No phone talk was done between the two diplomats, the ministry said, Iran's state-run IRINN TV reported March 10.
The top US diplomat sent an email to Zarif, asking for negotiation, according to the report.
Iran's missile tests were one of the issues asked by the US diplomat to confer on, but the talk was not realized due to Zarif's visit to south-east Asia.
Some western media outlets reported that Kerry called on Zarif on March 9 to protest Tehran's latest round of ballistic missile tests.
Following the adoption of the Iranian nuclear agreement last July, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2231, which prohibits Iran from engaging in activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
The United States argues that a series of apparent missile tests breach the terms of a UN Security Council resolution and will result in new economic sanctions - either from Washington or the UN.
On March 9, Iran's IRGC hit pre-designated targets using Qadr H and Qadr F ballistic missiles in the country's southern coasts of Mokran, as part of massive missile drills at several bases across the country.