Iran Dismisses NATO Leaders’ Baseless Claims, Concerns

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The Iranian foreign ministry rejected as “baseless claims” the concerns raised against the country’s missile program in the communiqué issued at the end of the recent NATO summit in Warsaw.

“The concerns raised in the final statement of the NATO summit on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile program are rejected as they are a repetition of the past baseless claims,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

“As repeatedly declared, our country’s missile capabilities are merely within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s legitimate programs and they have not been designed to carry nuclear warheads at all,” he said.

Qassemi underlined that Iran’s missile program neither is related to the last July nuclear agreement with the world powers and the nuclear talks, nor violates the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2231.

The communique issued by NATO leaders in the last week meeting claimed that “we remain seriously concerned by the development of Iran’s ballistic missile program and continuing missile tests that are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231”.

The western officials have in recent days showed surprising attention to Iran’s missile program which was described by Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi as indicative of a new plot against Tehran.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the Bundestag on Thursday that Iran “continued unabated to develop its rocket program in conflict with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council”.

Merkel claimed that NATO’s anti-missile system targets Iran’s rocket program and was “developed purely for defense”.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi lambasted her “unreal and unconstructive” remarks, and said Tehran’s missile program doesn’t violate the UN Security Council resolution 2231.

“We have announced that our missile activities are for defensive purposes, aren’t related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the last July nuclear deal inked by Iran and the world powers) and don’t violate the JCPOA and (UNSC) Resolution 2231,” Takht Ravanchi said on Sunday.

He said Iran’s missiles are no way in violation of Resolution 2231 as have not been designed to carry nuclear warheads.

“Therefore, Mrs. Merkel’s remarks are far from reality and are not constructive and we certainly don’t expect a country with which we have friendly relations to take such positions,” Takht Ravanchi said.

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