Senior Diplomat: JCPOA not related to missile issue

Tehran, March 31, IRNA – Director General for political and international security of Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeedinejad noted that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has no connection with missile issue and country’s defensive capability, but unfortunately a number of people insist on directly relating the two issues.

He wrote in a Telegram post on Thursday that though senior officials have always stressed that the issue of missile tests – which are to strengthen defensive capability of the country – have no connection with JCPOA, unfortunately, a number of people insist that a direct relation exists between missile issue and JCPOA.

He said that the US government, having failed to get any confirmations from the UN Security Council to condemn Iran’s legitimate activities concerning missile tests, now felt forced to unilaterally close bank accounts of several Iranian and foreign companies, including two British firms.

This was while they know best that imposing such restrictions is in essence just a populist endeavor which would have no effect on Iran’s nuclear program, the diplomat added.

Iran, in a firm reaction at the level of its Supreme Leader and president, declared that Iran’s missile defensive programs will continue even more vigorously than before, he said.

More surprising is the harsh statements by a number of experts in some media analysis programs, who, contrary to Iran’s basic policy of dividing the two issues of missile activities and the JCPOA, insist on existence of such a connection and try to describe JCPOA as a pure damage to the country and then enthusiastically describe it as something already done with, the senior diplomat expressed.

Then, in clear affront to the Iranian diplomatic apparatus, they refer to officials as mere defenders of the US policies, Baeedinejad said.

By IRNA