Iran to continue to develop, test missiles despite US opposition

Tehran: Iran will continue to develop and test missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by the US officials, a spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces said here on Sunday. “Missile tests and the overall defensive capability of the Islamic republic are for defence purposes and in line with our country’s deterrence policy,” Abolfazl Shek­a­rchi said, Xinhua reported. “We will continue to both test and develop missiles,” he said, adding “this issue is outside the framework of any negotiations and is part of our national security.”

“We will not ask for any country’s permission in this regard,” he stressed. Iran has assured regional countries the boost of missi­l­es power of the Islamic republic does not hurt the inte­rests of other countries, She­k­archi said. “Such measures are only in line with boosting the country’s deterrent and defence power,” he said.

Shekarchi made the remarks in reaction to an earlier remarks by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that Iran’s ballistic missile tests violated the UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Pompeo said on Saturday “the Iranian regime has testfired a medium range ballistic missile that’s capable of carrying multiple warheads. This test violates UNSCR 2231.”

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