US Missile Charges Aimed at Spreading Iranophobia

US Missile Charges Aimed at Spreading IranophobiaUS Missile Charges Aimed at Spreading Iranophobia

A senior lawmaker said false accusations by the US and its western allies against Tehran’s missile program are aimed at spreading Iranophobia.

Deputy Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Sobhaninia made the statement in an interview with ICANA on Saturday.

The statement was in response to a Wednesday report by the Washington Free Beacon, an American news website, claiming that Iran test-fired a space rocket named Simorgh that can be used to deliver nuclear warheads on Tuesday, citing a “US defense official” as the source.

“By making such allegations, the US seeks to spread Iranophobia in the international arena and portray Iran as a threat to the [Persian Gulf] Arab countries,” he said.

“A missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons has no place in Iran’s military doctrine. Iranian officials have frequently noted that missile capability is only meant to be a deterrent.”

The lawmaker linked the allegation with western concerns over Tehran’s measures to promote unity in the region.

“It seems that Iran’s efforts to boost unity among Middle East countries is not particularly pleasant to western states, hence they do everything to create obstacles,” he said.

The report also claimed the alleged launch of Simorgh appears to have violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsing the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, which calls on Tehran not to test ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear warheads for eight years.

Iranian ballistic missile tests in recent months became an excuse for a March letter by the United States, Britain, France and Germany to the UNSC, contending that the launches were in defiance of Resolution 2231.

This is while Iranian officials say none of their ballistic missiles is developed to carry nuclear weapons.