Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran’s launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it.
According to Press TV, Zarif was responding to remarks on Thursday by his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo on Iran’s planned launch of three Space Launch Vehicles (SLV).
Pompeo said the SLVs incorporate technology that is “virtually identical” to that used in intercontinental ballistic missiles, claiming that such rocket launches would violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Zarif, however, said in a tweet hours later, “Iran’s launch of space vehicles— & missile tests—are NOT in violation of Res 2231. The US is in material breach of same & as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it.”
The top Iranian diplomat was referring the Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear deal in defiance of international objections as well as the resolution, to which it itself had voted ‘Yes.’
Zarif further reminded Pompeo that the US cannot base its claims on Resolution 1929 of 2010, which is no longer valid.