Iran's FM hits back after U.S. warns Tehran against space launches

'US is in No Position to Lecture': Tehran Balks at US Warning on Missile Tests

'US is in No Position to Lecture': Tehran Balks at US Warning on Missile Tests

On December 1, the Iranian regime test-fired a medium range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, and the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force later said Iran tests 40 to 50 ballistic missiles every year, he said.

In a statement, Pompeo said those launches include technology that is "virtually identical" to what is used in ballistic missiles. Such activities are not prohibited under Resolution 2231, which merely calls on Iran "to refrain from any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons". The US secretary of state accused Iran of "defying" UNSCR 2231, and claimed that the launches have a "destabilizing effect" on the Middle East and beyond.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new United States claim that Iran's launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus can not comment on it. "We won't stand by while the regime threatens global security".

"US will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime's destructive policies", Mike Pompeo said. The statement came hours after Pompeo warned Iran against its missile launches and called it to cease all activities related to ballistic missiles.

According to the foreign minister, Washington was the side that was "in material breach" of the Security Council resolution, and as such was "in no position to lecture anyone on it".

The exchange of hostilities between Zarif and Pompeo are just the latest in a long-running debate between the two top diplomats.

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The Iranian regime has launched ballistic missiles numerous times since UNSCR 2231 was adopted and continues to do so, Pompeo alleged.

President Donald Trump ended the USA participation in the historic nuclear deal with Iran in May, claiming that Tehran's continued missile tests and interference in the region were violated of United Nations resolutions.

Iran's deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh, said in November that Tehran would launch three satellites into space "in the coming months".

Tehran has always emphasized that it has no nuclear warheads and that none of its missiles have been created to carry nuclear weapons.

Iran's Amirkabir University of Technology said on Tuesday that it was putting the final touches to the Payam (Message) satellite, which it said was equipped with four cameras and could be used for agricultural, forestry and other peaceful purposes, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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