Halt to Iran’s missile tests not liked with JCPOA: Deputy FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi underlined that a recent resolution adopted by the UN Security Council on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) recently finalized by Tehran and world powers have nothing to do with the issue of Iran’s missile tests.

The halt to Iran’s missile tests is not related to the UN Resolution 2231 and has no links with the lasting accord between Tehran and six world powers, also known as JCPOA, Spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafi’ee quoted Araqchi as saying at a session of the commission on Sunday.

The pause in the country’s missile tests may have some other reasons, Araqchi, who was a top negotiator in the nuclear talks with the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), added.

The Iranian diplomat made it clear that the arms restrictions of Resolution 2231 are not biding and Iran can disregard them.

Iran and the Group 5+1 on July 14 reached a conclusion on a lasting nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force.

The 159-page deal has its own opponents and proponents both in Iran and the other countries that are parties to the JCPOA, including the US.

While the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to endorse the deal, the text of the document needs to be ratified by both Iran’s Parliament and the US Congress.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 was adopted on July 20, six days after Iran and the group 5+1 (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached a nuclear deal officially called the JCPOA. The resolution recognized the deal and annulled previous resolutions which had put heavy restrictions on Iran.

By Tasnim News Agency