France slams Iran's ballistic missile test

France has described Iran's test of a ballistic missile on Oct. 11 as 'a clear violation' of UN Security Council resolution

France slams Iran's ballistic missile test

World Bulletin / News Desk

France has described Iran's test of a ballistic missile as "a clear violation" of a UN Security Council resolution, saying the move sends "a worrying message" to the international community.

On Sunday, Iran’s Defense Minister Hussein Dehghan announced that a new long-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile had been tested.

Addressing a press briefing in Paris on Thursday, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal expressed concern over Dehghan’s statements.  

"The test that occurred on Oct.11 is a clear violation of the resolution [UN]. This is a worrying message by Iran to the international community," Nadal said.

He said that the Iranian missile program fell under the 1929 UN Resolution of 2010, which was under effect and prohibited Iran from "carrying out activities related to ballistic missiles possibly capable of carrying nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology ".

"Resolution 1929 will stay in place until confirmation by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], which should give its opinion at the start of 2016, on the implementation of Iran's nuclear commitments," he added.

On Tuesday, the White House also said that there were strong indications that Iran's test of a new precision-guided ballistic missile violated the UN Security Council resolution.

On October 5, the Iranian parliament conditionally approved the final nuclear deal that Iran signed with the world powers P5+1 group on July 14, according to Iranian media.

The approval, signed by 75 lawmakers in the parliament, allows President Hassan Rouhani and his government to begin implementing the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, after which Tehran hopes the sanctions on the country would be removed.

The Iranian parliament set conditions that Iran's military secrets should be preserved and the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspectors should not have access to Iran's military sites or to interview Iranian nuclear scientists.

Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2015, 17:47
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