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Iran vows to continue missile testing, despite U.S. opposition

Tehran affirmed on Sunday that it will continue its missile testing to foster defense, and denied violating UN resolutions following testing of a missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program signed in 2015, according to Reuters.

Armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said testing missiles and increasing the military might of Iran are only meant for defense and in line with the country’s deterrence.

“We will continue both the test and development of the missiles,” he said, adding that any negotiation with foreigners on the missile program is out of question since the issue is related to the country’s national security.

“Iran just test-fired an INF range ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and Europe. This provocative behavior cannot be tolerated,” US National Security Advisor John Bolton posted on Twitter.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt posted on Twitter, “Deeply concerned by Iran’s test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile. Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231. Our support for JCPoA in no way lessens our concern at Iran’s destabilizing missile program and determination that it should cease.”
Last Modified: Monday، 03 December 2018 11:54 AM