Tehran downplays NATO concern over ballistic missiles

Politics Materials 11 July 2016 12:55 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 11

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed a recent communiqué issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that voiced concerns over Tehran’s missile program.

Bahram Qasemi, spokesman of the foreign ministry, has described the statement as “the repetition of the past baseless claims”, IRNA news agency reported.

The heads of state and government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Council stated in Warsaw July 9 that NATO still remains seriously concerned by the development of Iran’s ballistic missile program and continuing missile tests that are “inconsistent” with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231.

Dismissing the concerns, Qasemi said Iran’s missile program does not breach UNSCR 2231.

Further denying the allegations that suggest Iran’s missiles have been designed with the purpose of carrying nuclear warheads, he added the country’s missile capabilities are based on legitimate defense programs.

The spokesperson also rejected that Iran’s missile program violates the nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the world’s major powers last year.