Tehran will never make nuclear-capable missiles - Foreign Ministry

  • Tehran will never make nuclear-capable missiles - Foreign Ministry

Tehran will never make nuclear-capable missiles - Foreign Ministry

Iran has long maintained that its missile program is defensive in nature and not aimed at ensuring the delivery of a nuclear weapon, a stance supported by Russian Federation at the Security Council.

It follows a statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, in which he accused Iran of test-firing a missile capable of carrying nukes and in breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement agreed between Tehran and world powers.

Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied this was in breach of United Nations resolutions following us allegations that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads.

The spokesman added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed on many occasions that Iran's nuclear program lacks any military component. "How exactly is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism entitled to the claim of defense?" German authorities subsequently arrested a high-ranking Iranian diplomat who had been stationed in Vienna and was identified as the mastermind behind the plot to bomb the worldwide rally organized near Paris by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Was the plot to bomb Paris defensive?

And in October, it was announced that an Iranian operative had been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of plotting the assassination of Iranian Arab opposition leaders.

Observers said that the move would irk the U.S, which views Tehran's weapons programme as a regional security threat.

Britain, France and Germany in March proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters, but were rebuffed by other European Union nations including Italy, which are seeking to develop business ties with the Islamic Republic.

On December 3, the US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, urged the European Union to impose new sanctions on Iran, calling the program a "grave and escalating threat". "Iran's defense needs would be entirely different if they had not chose to wage sectarian wars of choice for the last 39 years".

"There is no legitimate reason why Iran should flout the resolution", said Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce, who called for the council discussion on Tuesday along with her French counterpart Francois Delattre.

"U.S. [is] proliferating advanced weapons to extremists [including] Al Qaeda & ISIS [Islamic State]", Mr. Zarif tweeted, referring to a British newspaper report that said many arms supplied by Britain and the United States had ended up in the hands of militias fighting in the Yemen war.

The raising of the potential deal breach by its European signatories comes as relations between Iran and the USA hit a low ebb after the latter's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement in May and its reimposition of sanctions on the Iranian economy.

"Just a few days ago, we unveiled new evidence of Iran's missile proliferation", Hook explained.

For its part, Iran said Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied it was in breach of United Nations resolutions.

"We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence", Pompeo said.

"This is another example of Iran's revolutionary foreign policy that is expansionist and destabilizing for the Middle East, when Iranian-backed Hezbollah is digging tunnels into another country beneath their borders", said U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook.