Missile tests have nothing to do with Resolution 2231 – Iranian official

TEHRAN, March 13 (KUNA) — A senior official at the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday said there is no contradiction between the nuclear deal with world powers or the UNSC Resolution 2231 and Tehran’s defense power.
The UNSC Resolution 2231 has nothing to do with Iranian missile defense power and there is no contradiction between the missile test and the resolution, Foreign Ministry Director General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeedinejad said on his Telegram account.
The Resolution acknowledged the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran deal, and they have nothing to do with Iran’s missile capabilities, Baeedinejad wrote. He stressed that Iran never accepted the issue of its missile system to be considered a part of the nuclear talks with G5+1.
Earlier today, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and visiting US State Secretary John Kerry pointed to a possibility of imposing sanctions against Iran following Tehran’s recent ballistic missile tests.
Ayrault said that “if necessary, sanctions will be taken.” His remark was made during a news conference with Kerry after a meeting that also included counterparts from Britain, German and Italian counterparts, and the European Union’s foreign policy chief in the French capital.
For his part, Kerry said the Iranian missile launches constituted a violation of the UN resolutions and “could invite additional sanctions as we put them in place … as a result of the prior tests.” Iran last week conducted the two tests and confirmed the missiles were not designed to carry atomic bombs. (end) mmb.msa