The Iranian military says it will keep conducting missile tests despite U.S. condemnation of them.
“Missile tests…are carried out for defense and the country’s deterrence, and we will continue this,” Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Tasnim news agency on December 2.
He said Iran will “continue to both develop and test missiles” and added that such activity “is outside the framework of [nuclear] negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country’s permission.” RFE/RL Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty reports.
“The missile has the ability to hit parts of Europe and any location in the Middle East, capable of carrying multiple warheads. This test violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. ” ~ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Pompeo warned that Iran’s “missile proliferation is growing” and called on Iran to “cease these activities.”
“Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons…including its missiles that make America so angry,” Iranian President Hassan Rohani
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