Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran vows to continue missile tests despite U.S. sanctions

Iran vows to continue missile tests despite U.S. sanctions

"Iran's missile program is defensive in nature". The U.S. condemned Iran's growing missile proliferation and called for the country to "cease immediately" testing and other activities related to the weapons.

"Missile tests. are carried out for defence and the country's deterrence and we will continue this", General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior spokesman for Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi stopped short of confirming the missile test but responded to Pompeo's statement by claiming that his country's missile program did not violate any United Nations resolutions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran had test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying several warheads. The weapons are capable of carrying multiple warheads, Pompeo said in a statement.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, addressing a security forum in California, said the Iranian launch was significant and was a reminder that Tehran was unlikely to be deterred from pursuing missile technology or supporting militant proxies.

"We will continue to both develop and test missiles".

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Iran did not confirm or deny that it carried out a missile test, but Tehran has insisted it is not pursuing nuclear weapons and the missiles and not created to carry nukes.

He did not confirm or deny Iran had tested a new missile.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal is a joint agreement between Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia - which used to include the United States - in which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment programme in exchange for an end to global sanctions.

In May, President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, approved before he took office, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

"Iran's missile programme is defensive in nature. Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231".

The Trump administration has been continually pointing to "malign activities" by the Iranian regime that they say violates the Iran deal - which Trump has repeatedly described as one of the worst deals "ever made" - and other worldwide agreements. Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a massive trove of documents smuggled out of Iran by the Mossad that he said was conclusive evidence of Tehran's nuclear aspirations.

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