Iran Hasn't Violated Res 2231: Javad Zarif Hits Back at Pompeo

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 5, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a warning to the Iranian regime after Iran's Ministry of Defense announced plans to launch three space vehicles, which feature technology that's almost identical to intercontinental ballistic missiles. "The US is in material breach of same, & as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it", Javad Zarif tweeted.

President Donald Trump ended the U.S. participation in the historic nuclear deal with Iran in May, claiming that Tehran's continued missile tests and interference in the region were violated of United Nations resolutions.

On December 1, the Iranian regime test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, both routine and nuclear-armed warheads, according to Israeli sources.

Iranian Deputy Defense Minister General Qassem Taqizadeh in late November was quoted by Iranian media as saying that Iran would soon launch three satellites into space.

The US then re-imposed all the anti-Iran sanctions it had lifted under the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with which Iran has fully complied as repeatedly confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"The United States has continuously cautioned that ballistic missile and SLV launches by the Iranian regime have a destabilizing effect on the region and beyond", he added.

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In addition, Pompeo accused Iran, which he called the "world's foremost state sponsor of terror", of sharing missiles and missile technology with its "proxies" in the Middle East, in further violation of Resolution 2231.

Such ICBMs would be capable of reaching the United States and in a statement Pompeo again said that Washington would not allow the Iranian "regime's destructive policies [to] place global stability and security at risk".

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Sept. 27, 2017. The statement came hours after Pompeo warned Iran against its missile launches and called it to cease all activities related to ballistic missiles. The US had pulled out of the multilateral deal in May a year ago and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

But US intelligence has said that the technology could easily be converted to long-range missiles.

Iran says its space programme is peaceful, but Western experts suspect it may be a cover for developing military missile technologies.

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