Iran: The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal

Iran refuses to confirm or deny missile test; US Ambassador to UN calls for UNSC meeting

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at WEF (AP)

Iran refuses to confirm or deny testing a ballistic missile earlier this week, the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry claiming that missile tests does not fall under the UN ban.

In a press conference between Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday, Zarif stated that “The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal. As all signatories to the nuclear deal have announced, the missile issue is not a part of the deal… Our ballistic missile was designed to carry a normal warhead in the field of legitimate defense,” Zarif stating that Iranian missiles are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads…. [read more]