A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9, 2016.

Russia says Iran’s missile tests not in breach of UN resolution

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Russian foreign ministry representative said on Wednesday that Iran’s recent missile tests do not violate a United Nations resolution.

“The (UN Security Council 2231) resolution does not ban (the tests),” Interfax news agency cited Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the ministry’s department for non-proliferation and arms control, as saying.

He added that Moscow sees no point in putting the issue of Iran’s ballistic missiles on UNSC agenda as the move would have no basis.

The statement by the Russian official came after US, Britain, France, and Germany sent a joint letter to Spain’s UN Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, claiming that the Islamic Republic’s recent missile launches were “inconsistent with” and “in defiance of” the resolution 2231.

On July 20, 2015, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”

This is while Iran has repeatedly announced that test of missiles is an issue relating to defense of its territorial integrity and that none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.

On March 9, the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces test-fired two types of Qadr ballistic missiles during the large-scale drills, codenamed “Might of Velayat”.

The two ballistic missiles, Qadr-H and Qadr-F, were launched from the heights of East Alborz Mountains, north of Iran, and hit targets on the Makran coasts, southeast of the country.

According to reports, Qadr-H missile has a range of 1,700 kilometers while Qadr-F missile can destroy targets some 2,000 kilometers away.

By Tasnim News Agency