Iran refuses to confirm or deny missile test; US Ambassador to UN calls for UNSC meeting
Iran refuses to confirm or deny testing a ballistic missile earlier this week, the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry claiming that missile tests does not fall under the UN ban.
In a press conference between Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday, Zarif stated that “The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal. As all signatories to the nuclear deal have announced, the missile issue is not a part of the deal… Our ballistic missile was designed to carry a normal warhead in the field of legitimate defense,” Zarif stating that Iranian missiles are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
His remarks reflect Iran’s response during each of its UN resolution and nuclear deal violations. Zarif also stated that he hopes the United States does not use the missile testing as an “excuse for some political games by the new US administration.”
On Sunday, Iran carried out a medium-range ballistic missile test east of Tehran in the region of Semnan. The test was of a Khorramshahr ballistic missile, reports claiming the test failed after reaching 600 miles and exploding.
Iran is prohibited from testing missiles that are capable of carrying warheads under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States.
Recently appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has requested emergency council from the United Nations Security Council, stating to reporters on Iran’s missile test “The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out… They know that they are not supposed to be doing ballistic missile testing of anything that can carry warheads.”
In May of 2016, Iran reported that it successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile, the missile tested reported to be capable of reaching over 1, 240 miles. Previously in March, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles. Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the test stating at the time “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”