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Iran’s FM Zarif dismissed a new US claim on Iran on UNSC Res. 2231

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SHAFAQNA- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran’s launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it. Tehran has always emphasized that it has no nuclear warheads and that none of its missiles have been designed to carry nuclear weapons.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected a U.S. warning against carrying out space vehicle launches and missile tests, saying on Thursday they did not violate a U.N. resolution. Iran has repeatedly rejected U.S. accusations about its ballistic missile tests, including the firing of space launchers.

Iranian plans to launch space vehicles and to continue missile testing are not in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has tweeted.

Iran’s launch of space vehicles – & missile tests – are NOT in violation of (Resolution) 2231. The US is in material breach of same, & as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it,” Zarif wrote in English on Twitter.

Zarif also recalled that Security Council Resolution 1929, which introduced sanctions against Iran in 2010 after accusing the country of failing to comply with earlier resolutions concerning its nuclear program, was “dead,” and that UNSCR 2231 calls on Iran not to engage in the testing of missiles “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons,” but does not prohibit it from missile testing entirely.

The top Iranian diplomat was referring the Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear deal in defiance of international objections as well as the resolution, to which it itself had voted ‘Yes’.

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, presstv reported.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology, reuters told.

“The United States will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime’s destructive policies place international stability and security at risk,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation.” Pompeo claimed the rocket launches would violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. It calls upon Iran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, but does not explicitly bar such activity.

The remark comes after Mike Pompeo claimed in a statement that the launches, set for the coming months, would be in breach of Tehran’s commitment under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missile technology. According to the US official, the test launches have a “destabilizing effect” on the Middle East and beyond , sputniknews mentioned.

The exchange of hostilities between Zarif and Pompeo are just the latest in a long-running debate between the two top diplomats. Last month, Zarif charged that the US had “surrealism” as its “modus operandi in…foreign affairs,” saying the US violated UNSCR 2231 itself while threatening “to punish those who don’t wish to violate it…with illegal US sanctions.”

Resolution 2231 terminated the provisions of previous UNSC resolutions against Iran, some of which had imposed restrictions on Iranian missile activities. Such activities are not prohibited under Resolution 2231, which merely calls on Iran “to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

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