Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Iran Says It Will Continue Missile Tests After US Allegation

Iran Says It Will Continue Missile Tests After US Allegation

The statement from Pompeo came just days after a top Iranian general claimed that U.S. military personnel and assets in the Middle East are within range of his country's missiles.

"Iran has launched missiles that are capable of carrying multiple warheads, including a nuclear weapon", Hook confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon while talking to reporters aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's airplane en route to Brussels for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings. "The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads", he wrote in the tweet.

His remarks on Sunday came shortly after the United States accused Tehran of carrying out a new missile test. Shekarchi did not confirm or deny that Iran had carried out a new test.

Earlier on Sunday, Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the United States charges that Iran's ballistic missile tests have violated the UNSCR 2231 as "ridiculous". "We are accumulating risk of escalation in the region if we fail to restore deterrence", Pompeo said.

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The Iranian ballistic missile test comes on the heels of new evidence unearthed by the United States tying Tehran to the proliferation of advanced weaponry and missiles across the Middle East, including in Yemen, where Iranian-backed rebels continue to attack a Saudi coalition seeking to stem the violence. The idea that a nuclear-tipped missile would be "defensive" in nature is absurd, but there are Iranian apologists in the US who back Tehran up.

Defense Secretary James Mattis echoed Pompeo's statement.

"They are within our reach and we can hit them if the [Americans] make a move", he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program. Trump unilaterally pulled out of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPO), in May this year, reimposing broad economic sanctions, with some exemptions, on any country or company that seeks to trade with Iran.

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Iran has repeatedly said its missile programme is purely defensive and denied that its missiles are capable of being tipped with nuclear warheads, or that it has any intent of developing nuclear weapons through uranium enrichment.

"Missile tests and the overall defensive capability of the Islamic Republic are for defense [purposes] and in line with our country's deterrence [policy]..."

Iran launches a ballistic missile at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria on June 18, 2017.

Tehran, which calls for the destruction of Israel, insists that it sees the missile program as crucial to its defensive posture, and says its existence is non-negotiable.

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