Iran rejects 'ridiculous' US claims against its missile program
Iran has rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims against its missile capabilities, saying the program is defensive and does not violate the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.
"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed according to the needs of the country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Sunday, responding to Pompeo's claim that Tehran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile, Press TV reported.
Pompeo claimed in a statement released on Twitter Saturday that Iran was increasing its "testing and proliferation" of missiles and called on the Islamic Republic to "cease these activities."
The test, he said, "violates UNSCR 2231," citing the United Nations Security Council's endorsement of the international nuclear agreement which the United States abandoned in May.
"No resolution at the Security Council has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests," Qassemi said as he roasted Washington over its decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"What is interesting and, of course, ridiculous is that you are citing a resolution which you have not only violated with your unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, but also are encouraging others to violate it or even threaten to punish and sanction those who implement it," he added.