Iran confirms missile test, denies breach
Tehran (AFP): Iran on Wednesday confirmed that it had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world...
Tehran (AFP): Iran on Wednesday confirmed that it had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The comments from Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan came after the UN Security Council met on Tuesday to discuss the weekend test, which Washington described as "absolutely unacceptable".
"The action was in line with boosting Iran's defence power and is not in contradiction with the JCPOA (the nuclear deal) or Resolution 2231," Dehghan said.
He was referring to a UN Security Council resolution that bans Iran from developing missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. "This test was in line with our ongoing programmes," Iranian media quoted him as saying.
US ambassador Nikki Haley told Tuesday's Security Council meeting that Washington would not stand idly by while Tehran pursued its missile programme.
"The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out," she said. Tehran warned Washington against using the issue to fuel tensions.
"We hope that Iran's defence programme is not used by the new US administration... as a pretext to create new tensions," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said ahead of the meeting.