Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tehran Warns Washington Of "New Tensions" On The Background Of Iran's Missile Program

Iran has sent a warning to the United States and demanded not to search for a "pretext" to stir up "new tensions" regarding Iran's ballistic missile program after Washington called for urgent talks at the UN Security Council to discuss the issue.

These developments come against the background of already strained relations between the two countries after the new US president, Donald Trump has issued a ban on the entry of citizens of seven countries, including Iran, to his country.

The European Union appealed to Tehran to refrain from carrying out any activities "deepening mistrust" such conduct missile tests.

But the West faced a challenge from Russia, which has seen its Foreign Ministry to hold Iran to test-fire a ballistic missile does not violate Security Council resolution on its nuclear program.

She said Moscow, which is fighting its forces alongside Iranian forces in Syria, said the demand for an emergency UN Security Council session is designed to "inflame the situation and use it for political purposes."

Tehran has not confirmed or denied firing any missiles over the weekend
US President strongly criticized the nuclear agreement with Iran that led to the lifting of sanctions on Tehran, which took advantage of the visit of French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to express displeasure with Washington.

He said Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tuesday during a press conference with his French counterpart, "We hope to use the issue of Iran, but the defense program as a pretext" by the new US administration "to spark new tensions."

Iran says its missiles do not violate UN resolutions because they are for defensive purposes and not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Zarif said, "We have always announced that we will not use our weapons against any party at all, except in the case to defend ourselves."

He criticized what he described as "shameful action" taken by the US administration "to deprive citizens who have legal visas to enter" to US soil.

In turn, the French foreign minister said his country showed annoyance over the missile tests.

Aareault He stressed that "France has repeatedly expressed concern about the continuation of ballistic tests (that) hinder restore confidence established by the Vienna agreement building process" about Iran's nuclear program.

He stressed that the missile tests "inconsistent with the spirit" of UN Security Council resolution on the nuclear agreement, which was reached in the Austrian capital in 2015.

In a statement to AFP before leaving Tehran Aareault French minister he said: "We must do whatever is possible to avoid risking any deterioration."

"The nuclear agreement provides important. I told interlocutors Iranians that it must be adhered to by all parties accurately, whether from the Iranian party itself, or in terms of sanctions must be lifted, and I mean here the banks, which together with respect to the United States."

Aareault said he was surprised by the high concern about the issue of preventing the Iranians from entering the United States. "The impact was very big on the psychological level. Must be calculated reactions."

- Head buried in the sand -

Washington has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council at the request of Israel, which said the missile test violates UN Security Council resolutions on Iran, which prohibits any launch ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

He said Israel's ambassador to the UN Security Council Danny Danon said, "The international community should not bury its head in the sand about this Iranian aggression."

"It must be members of the Security Council to act immediately to respond to this Iranian act that does not jeopardize not only Israel but the entire Middle East."

But Russia hinted that it does not want to take any steps to punish Iran in the UN Security Council on the missile test.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency that "such actions, if they occur, they do not violate the resolution," he said, adding that "the resolution 2231 adopted by the UN Security Council does not provide for preventing Iran from carrying out such activities."

Ryabkov said that Moscow was not sure that the missile test had been conducted.

The resolution bans in 2231, which was issued just days after the conclusion of the nuclear deal Iran from developing missiles "designed to carry nuclear warheads."

Iran insists that its missiles can not carry nuclear Rasa because it has no plans to develop atomic weapons.

On January 16, 2016, to raise a large section of the international sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program under the agreement signed by Tehran and major powers six months before that date.

But the intentions of Trump, who promised during the election campaign "tear apart" This agreement raises many questions. During a telephone conversation Monday with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, it has been agreed on the need for "strict application" of Iran nuclear deal

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