Iran's missile program 'national defense issue': Envoy to UN

# 03 May 2019 12:13 (UTC +04:00)

Iran’s permanent envoy to the United Nations reaffirmed that the country's missile program is non-negotiable and Tehran will not retreat from its stance on the program as it is a matter of national defense, ONA reports citing IRNA.

Responding to a visit by the US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, to New York for mobilizing UN Security Council members against Iran's missile program, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said Thursday, “In a statement we announced our stances. Our missiles are by no means subject to the Resolution 2231. The Resolution that was proposed and ratified by the US itself and other countries stipulates that only the missiles that are designed for carrying nuclear warheads are forbidden.”

The permanent representative added that the Iranian missiles are not meant for such a purpose and Tehran has repeatedly announced and clarified the issue.

The 14 reports issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are evidences that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful, Takht-e Ravanchi said.

“The issue raised by Washington is not legitimate at all,” he said adding that “this was the US that had to explain why it withdrew from the nuclear deal and violated the Resolution 2231, as the deal was a part of the Resolution and Washington's pull-out from the deal was a blatant violation of the Resolution 2231.”

“In the statement the US Secretary of State has issued on the visit of the official to New York, the Resolution 2231 and the nuclear deal have not been mentioned, and this is evidence that they are misleading others, but they will get nowhere,” he said.

Iran's stances are absolutely clear, he said, adding that the country is in contact with the opposed members of the Security Council.

"The missile issue is a matter of national defense, and therefore, it will not be negotiable, and there is no contradiction between the program and Resolution 2231 whatsoever,” the Iranian permanent representative to the UN said.

Hook has convened a meeting with the Security Council members on Iran's missile program.

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