Iran has rejected allegations that its recent long-range missile test violates the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that, contrary to the claims of the United States and France, Iran’s “missile tests have nothing to do with Resolution 2231, which only mentions missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.”
“Everybody acknowledged that our missile testing had nothing to do with the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and the United States itself has repeated this, said Zarif. We seriously believe that our missile testing has nothing to do with the 2231 resolution, because in the 2231 resolution missiles that are designed for nuclear capabilities are mentioned and none of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missiles are designed for nuclear capabilities,” said Zarif.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has proved and shall prove again that nuclear weapons have no place in our defense doctrines and never shall have a place, therefore our missiles have never been designed for carrying nuclear warheads because we have never planned on having nuclear warheads and shall not either,” said Zarif.
Steinmeier said he would not judge based on media accounts whether violations of international law had occurred, but he said it was important to make sure there were not misunderstandings and urged full transparency from Iran.
Steinmeier said therefore all sides are bound not to destroy this trust that has been built up.
“I cannot judge based on press reports whether they were violations of international rules, but to avoid a public discussion about it and to make sure there are no misunderstandings, I can only advise that what is needed is the highest possible transparency, with American partners too, and that the language is escalation should be avoided where possible,” he added.
Without specifying its exact range, Iran announced Sunday (October 11) it had successfully tested a new Iranian made long-range missile.
“We have looked into the facts and it now does appear that the missile launch that Iran conducted did violate U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Power said. “So we will indeed bring it to the U.N. Security Council and press for the appropriate action, and we are also looking bilaterally at things we can do as well.”
Power said the United States is preparing a report on the incident to present the Security Council’s Iran Sanctions Committee and would also raise the matter directly with Security Council members.
“The Security Council prohibition on Iran’s ballistic missile activities, as well as the arms embargo remain in place and we will continue to press the Security Council for an appropriate response to Iran’s disregard for its international obligations,” she said.
She told VOA that the violation was unlikely to affect implementation of the July nuclear deal agreed between Tehran and the six major powers.
“We are getting close to the beginning of the Implementation period, and I think that will go forward. It is in everyone’s interests to see the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible,” she said.
“But we have got to do both at once — we have to hold Iran accountable for its violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions and we have to move forward and ensure that it does not pose a threat and does not obtain a nuclear weapon,” Power said.