Zarif: Brian Hook admits missile testing never violates UNSC
Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister referred to US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook reminder to E3, saying he has accepted that missile testing is not banned in UNSC resolution 2231.
"Brian Hook has given our E3 #JCPOA partners a timely reminder, openly admitting that missile testing is NOT prohibited in Security Council Resolution 2231:," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Friday.
He quoted Hook as saying : "One of the deficiencies of the Iran nuclear deal is that it ENDED the prohibition on Iran's ballistic missile testing."
Earlier, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi said that letter of the three European members of the UN Security Council is another attempt made for the arbitrary interpretation of paragraph 3 of annex B to Security Council resolution 2231 (2015).
In a letter to President of the United Nations Security Council Kelly Craft, he added that the European countries made reference to such unreliable sources as social media, citing outdated reports, referencing documents of bodies like the International Atomic Energy Agency which has no technical competence regarding missiles.
Representatives of Germany, UK and France in a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres claimed that Iranian ballistic missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads which is against UNSC request from Tehran.
They urged UN chief to inform the UNSC that Iran's missile activities are incompatible with its resolutions verifying 2015 nuclear accord.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA