TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed satisfaction on Wednesday that attempts by hawkish and bellicose parties aimed at forcing the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran’s recent test of missiles got nowhere.
“We are happy that extremists, warmongers and those who unjustly took (the case of) our missile test to the (UN) Security Council became disappointed and got a negative response,” President Rouhani told reporters on Wednesday after the last cabinet session in the current Iranian year.
He underlined that Iran’s missiles are not for aggression against any country, reiterating that the country’s weapons are only for defense.
The missile exercise, carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) earlier this month, provoked hue and cry in the West.
On Monday, the UN Security Council convened a session to study the issue, but said in a statement that it needed more technical information to determine whether or not the launches were a breach of a UNSC resolution that was approved after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Following achievement of the JCPOA, a lasting nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), the UNSC passed a resolution to endorse the accord.
Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
Iran insists that none of its missiles have been designed for carrying nuclear warheads.
Elsewhere in his comments, President Rouhani hoped that Nowruz, which marks the beginning of spring and the new Iranian year, would bring about rapport and rapprochement among all political parties and groups.
He also expressed the hope that certain regional countries would take the path of moderation in order for peace and friendship to prevail in the Middle East region.
The president also noted that Iran is going to preserve its economic growth next year, increase its incomes and raise production of oil and gas condensates to 2 million barrels per day.
His upbeat forecasts come after the January implementation of the JCPOA, which terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.