Iran says it will “resolutely continue” its ballistic missile program. Tehran claims the program does not violate the deal it signed with Western powers in 2015, and accuses the West of selectively interpreting a UN resolution.
“Iran is determined to resolutely continue its activities related to ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles,” the country’s UN envoy Majid Takhte Ravanchi wrote in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday.
Detailed, legal rebuttal of the E3 letter to the UN by Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative: pic.twitter.com/HWGerKDWhH
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 5, 2019
The letter was drafted after British, French and German ambassadors sent a letter of their own to Guterres on Wednesday, claiming that social media footage captured this year showed that Iran’s new Shehab-3 ballistic missile is capable of carrying a nuclear payload. The Western representatives also cited an International Atomic Energy Agency warning that Iran was researching such a payload for the Shebab-3. (RT)