Missile Program Not Open for Negotiation

Missile Program Not Open for Negotiation

Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Es’haq Al-Habib said Iran’s missile program is not open for negotiation and will continue with strength and according to the Islamic Republic’s national defense agenda.
Speaking at a UN committee on Monday, Al-Habib said Iran’s missile program is only meant for defense and deterrence, Press TV reported.
“Iran’s missile program has been designed to meet the country’s defensive and security needs and it is impossible to make any comment about it without taking our security environment into consideration,” he said.
He pointed to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s imposed war against Iran in 1980s and said this experience taught Tehran that it must rely on its national potentialities to guarantee its independence and security and that it should not hesitate about developing the potentialities to meet its needs in defense and security sectors.
The diplomat pointed to claims that Tehran’s ballistic missile tests are in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the 2015 nuclear deal, and noted that the resolution called on Iran not to carry out any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
“Iran has always emphasized that none of its ballistic missiles has been designed to carry nuclear weapons.”


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