Iran will continue its ballistic missile tests to boost its defense and deterrence capabilities, an Iranian army spokesman said Sunday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a mid-range ballistic missile test would have been conducted by the Iranian military.
The head of the American diplomacy considered that this test contravened the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program signed in Vienna in July 2015.
“The missile tests are conducted for the defense of our country and for deterrence and we will continue,” said General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman of the Iranian armed forces quoted by the news agency Tasnim.
“We will continue to develop and test missiles, which is not part of the nuclear negotiations and is part of our national security for which we will not seek permission from anyone,” he added. senior officer.
He neither confirmed nor denied the ballistic test evoked by Mike Pompeo.
In a Twitter message, John Bolton, White House advisor for security issues, said the Islamic Republic had conducted a mid-range missile test. “This provocative attitude can not be tolerated,” he wrote.
Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Minister Bahram Qasemi said the missiles used by Iran were only defensive.
“There is no UN Security Council resolution banning Iran’s missile program and missile tests,” he said.
Qasemi also responded to Mike Pompeo’s statements regarding resolution 2231, which provides for a review of Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
“It is ironic that you are citing a resolution that you not only violated by your unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the (nuclear) agreement and that you incite others to break it and even threaten them with sanctions.” they implement it, “Bahram Qasemi added.
Since the US withdrawal from the Vienna agreement, the other five signatory countries, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany have been trying to save this legal framework for controlling Iran’s nuclear policy.