Iran: Recent missile tests not violating nuclear deal
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's recent missile tests violate neither nuclear deal, nor the 2231 resolution of the UN Security Council, says Hossein Jaber Ansari, the Iranian foreign ministry's spokesman.
The recent military drills of Iran's armed forces and the weapons used in them are not violating Iran's commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian IRNA news agency quoted Ansari as saying March 10.
Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231 (2015), adopted by the UN Security Council on July 20, 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 warheads, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
Further commenting on the matter, Ansari said all the Iranian short-range, mid-range and long-range missiles, including the ballistic ones, some of which were test-fired in the recent military drills, are conventional defensive weapons and aren't capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
He explained that as the Iranian missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads, Iran's missile program is not breaching the 2231 resolution, as well as its appendixes.
Ansari added that weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, have no place in Iran's defense doctrine.
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.
The US government officials have said the tests, if verified, would violate UN resolutions, but not the terms of the JCPOA.