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“Threats Create Threats”: Zarif

TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday rejected US warnings against his country’s ballistic missile testing, Arutz Sheva reported Friday.
Iran’s launch of space vehicles – and missile tests is not a violation of Resolution 2231, United States is in flagrant violation of this resolution and therefore is not in a moral position to restrict Iran, Zarif said in a tweet.
“Reminder to the United States: 1. Resolution 1929 is dead. 2. Threats create threats, while civility breeds civility,” added Zarif.
Earlier Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran to stop its efforts to develop ballistic missiles and demanded that it abandon its plans for a space launch.
“We advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and to cease all activity related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation,” said Pompeo.
“Such actions would once again demonstrate Iran’s challenge to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on the Iranian regime not to carry out any activities related to ballistic missiles capable of providing nuclear weapons,” he said.
When US President Donald Trump left the 2015 nuclear deal last May, he cited the deal’s inability to treat Iran’s ballistic missile program as one of the reasons of his withdrawal.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which the United States violated in its ballistic missile tests, dedicated the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
The resolution says Iran is “called” to abstain for eight years from work on ballistic missiles for the delivery of nuclear weapons.
Iran, however, denies that its ballistic missile tests violate this resolution.
President Hassan Rouhani stressed that Iran would continue to produce missiles for its defense and did not consider this a violation of international agreements.
Last month, Pompeo said Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal signed with the West.
A day later, Iran announced that it would continue its missile tests to strengthen its defense system and denied again that this violated the UN resolutions.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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