Iran rejects NATO claims on rocket work

TEHRAN: The Iranian Foreign Ministry has released a late NATO report concerning the Islamic Republic’s rocket program as “a reiteration of past unmerited assertions.”

NATO, in an announcement discharged on June 9, communicated “genuine worry over the improvement of Iran’s ballistic rocket program and proceeding with rocket tests,” guaranteeing that they “are conflicting with UNSCR 2231.”

Determination 2231 was received on July 20, 2015 to embrace an atomic arrangement amongst Iran and six world forces — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — and puts no restrictions on Iran as far as rocket exercises. The determination only “calls upon” Iran not to embrace any movement identified with rockets “intended to be prepared to do” conveying atomic weapons.

Iran says it is included in no such rocket work and has no such weapons. “Not just does not Iran’s rocket program have anything to do with the JCPOA, additionally, as repeated various times, it is not in rupture of Resolution 2231, either,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday in response to the NATO articulation.

“As pronounced redundantly, our nation’s rocket capacities only fall inside the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s real safeguard program, and [the missiles] are in no way, shape or form intended to convey atomic warheads,” he included.

Iran and the five lasting individuals from the UN Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — in addition to Germany struck the JCPOA on July 2015 and began actualizing it on January 16 this year.

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Under the arrangement, Iran consented to farthest point its atomic program and give improved access to universal nuclear screens consequently for the end of all atomic related assents forced by the United States, the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) against the nation.

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