JCPOA only about nuclear issue: Iran’s DM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on Thursday reiterated that the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and world powers has nothing to do with the country’s defense capabilities.

Speaking in reaction to US officials’ remarks about Iran’s recent testing of a ballistic missile, General Dehqan underlined that the Islamic Republic has formally announced repeatedly that it will take measures to boost its defense might based on domestic capabilities and sees no need to ask for permission to do so.

Iran successfully test-fired a new precision-guided long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, dubbed Emad, on October 11.

Some American officials have claimed that the ballistic missile test was in violation of UN resolutions and the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The two sides finalized the text of the agreement dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital Vienna on July 14.

Afterwards, the 15-memebr United Nations Security Council passed a resolution, 2231, that endorsed the JCPOA.

Last week, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underscored that the JCPOA “has made no mention of the missiles,” adding that Iran “seriously believes that its missile tests have nothing to do with the Resolution 2231, either.”

Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The foreign minister reaffirmed that none of Iran’s missiles have been designed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads, because nuclear weapons have basically no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.

By Tasnim News Agency