Military Doctrine Non-Negotiable

Military Doctrine Non-NegotiableMilitary Doctrine Non-Negotiable

Chairman of Majlis Committee on Foreign Relations Vahid Ahmadi said Iran does not deem its military doctrine to be negotiable.

In an interview with ICANA on Wednesday, Ahmadi said Iran would not spare any efforts to protect its security, based on international rules.

Ahmadi said Iran's missile tests, including the Emad missile launch on 11 October, are not in violation of Iran's Supreme National Security Council resolutions, especially Resolution 2231.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not consider these [missile] tests to be in breach of the resolutions," he said. His comments were in response to US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power who said on Tuesday the United States is reviewing reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"The US  is conducting a serious review of the reported incident," Power said.

Last week, Reuters reported a western diplomatic source as saying on condition of anonymity that the test of a medium-range ballistic missile, allegedly capable of delivering nuclear warheads, was held near Chabahar, a port city near Iran's border with Pakistan.

Power added that if Washington confirmed the reports that Iran tested a missile on Nov. 21 in violation of UN resolutions, the United States would bring the issue to the 15-nation council and seek appropriate action. Power added that the United States could take unilateral steps against Iran, though Tehran has warned that it would treat any new sanctions as a breach of the nuclear deal, reached between Iran and world powers on July 14.

"After the approval of Resolution 2231, Iran issued a statement saying it would not accept any restrictions on its defense sector," Ahmadi said.

Ahmadi noted that Iran has often said its missiles are not capable of delivering nuclear warheads, adding that it will never seek nuclear weapons.

The lawmaker said Iran will continue to test ballistic missiles to improve its defense capabilities.

According to a July 20 resolution endorsing the nuclear deal, Iran is only "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.