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Nothing can prevent Iran from pursuing defense right: Qassemi

Foreign Ministry spokesman has defended the country’s “completely legitimate” missile defense program, emphasizing that nothing can prevent the Islamic Republic from exercising its right to defense.

“Missile defense programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely legitimate and are not even at odds with [the United Nations Security Council] Resolution 2231,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday in reaction to the US Senate’s decision to impose new sanctions on Tehran, Press TV reported.

“No measure will be able to deny  the Islamic Republic of Iran from its legitimate defense right,” he added.

The US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing sanctions on Iran over its missile program among other things.

The legislation still must pass the Republican-led House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law.

The Iranian spokesperson rejected as “completely unjustified and illegal” allegations leveled in the bill about the country’s missile capabilities.

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will bravely defend the security and interests of their own country and such measures will not create the slightest disturbance in this path,” Qassemi pointed out.

He noted that the US Senate’s new move was not “unpredictable” due to the history of Washington’s enmity toward the noble Iranian nation, adding it is in line with the US acts of hostility toward the Islamic Republic.

He urged the US administration to completely and sincerely fulfill its commitments under the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the United States.