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'Iran will continue to develop, test missiles despite US opposition'

IANS  |  Tehran 

will continue to develop and test missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by the US officials, a of the Iranian Armed Forces said here on Sunday.

"Missile tests and the overall defensive capability of the Islamic republic are for defence purposes and in line with our country's deterrence policy," Abolfazl Shekarchi said, reported.

"We will continue to both test and develop missiles," he said, adding that "this issue is outside the framework of any negotiations and is part of our national "

"We will not ask for any country's permission in this regard," he stressed.

has assured regional countries that the boost of missiles power of the Islamic republic does not hurt the interests of other countries, Shekarchi said.

"Such measures are only in line with boosting the country's deterrent and defence power," he added.

Shekarchi made the remarks in reaction to an earlier remarks by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that Iran's ballistic missile tests violated the UN Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231.

Pompeo said on Saturday that "the Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads. This test violates UNSCR 2231."

"We condemn these activities and call upon to cease immediately all activities relating to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons," he said.

In reaction, Iran's on Sunday dismissed as "ridiculous" the charges by Pompeo.

"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed based on the country's needs," Iran's Spokesman, Bahram Qasemi, was quoted as saying by the ministry's website.

"No resolution at the UN Council has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests," Qasemi said.

The Iranian said that the remarks by Pompeo is "ridiculous since the US refers to a resolution which not only has it violated by unilateral and illegal withdrawal, but by encouraging others to violate it, or even threatening them to punish" in case they remain committed to it.

UNSCR 2231 has endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the 2015 deal on nuclear program of Iran.

The US pulled out of it in May and reimposed sanctions on which had been removed under the deal.

Besides, Iran's Defence Minister, Amir Hatami, said on Sunday that the Islamic republic has turned into one of the world's missile powers despite tolerating severe western sanctions over the past 40 years.

"Today, Iran is among the world's top powers in building missiles, radars, armoured vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)," Hatami told official news agency.

"Iran has managed to attain a very desirable and acceptable performance in the field of and the (Iranian) has become self-sufficient in defence industry despite tough sanctions by the arrogant powers in the past 40 years," he said.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 03:30 IST