Iran: Our Missile Test Didn’t Violate UN Resolutions

Iran said on Saturday that its recent test launch of a long-range missile does not violate UN Security Council resolutions, despite claims to the contrary by the United States and France.

"Our missile tests have nothing to do with Resolution 2231, which only mentions missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference, according to the AFP news agency.

Speaking in Tehran alongside his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he added, "None of the Islamic Republic of Iran's missiles have been designed for nuclear capabilities."

Iran announced last week it had successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range missile without specifying its exact range.

Shortly after the missile test, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Iran likely violated UN sanctions, but stressed that the test would not affect the implementation of the deal reached with world powers.

The United States ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, on Friday stated the missile launched by Iran is a "medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon".

"This was a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929," she added and noted the U.S. would seek action at the Security Council.

Resolution 1929 prohibits Tehran from conducting ballistic missiles tests.

Power’s comments came a day after France said Iran's test was a clear violation of a UN Security Council resolution and sends "a worrying message".

Iran continuously carries out long-range ballistic missile drills as it routinely shows off its military program.

The country’s domestic long-range ballistic missiles are, in fact, nuclear capable, according to international reports, particularly the Shahab 3 and Sejjil 2.

On Wednesday, three days after the missile test, Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled a secret underground missile base, saying the facility is the "tip of the iceberg" of the Guard's military might.


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