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Iran Says It's Not Bound by UN Resolution Banning Missile Tests

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (Photo: wikicommons/Hamed Malekpour)

When, last week, Iran conducted ballistic missile tests, it was obvious that the Islamic Republic was showing its power. Also obvious was Iran's attempts to bypass promises made in last year's nuclear agreement. But now, The Times of Israel reports, Iran claims it is not bound by ban on missile tests:

Tehran’s recent ballistic missile tests did not violate a UN resolution and were not illegal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday after being questioned on the issue by Australia.

The United Nations Security Council met Monday at the request of the United States to discuss the missile tests that have raised the prospect of new sanctions.

But Zarif said that under Resolution 2231, adopted a few days after Iran struck a landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year, Tehran was within its rights to carry out the tests.

He said the wording of the resolution did not use obligatory terms so “Iran is not obliged by 2231.”

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