Ban’s biased report drawn up under US pressure

TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) – Iran’s FM spokesman said UN chief’s concern over Iran’s missile tests is completely biased and baseless, and has been voiced in his report under obvious pressure by the US.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi made the remark on Monday in response to a confidential report by the UN secretary general quoted by Reuters on July 7 as saying that Iran's ballistic missile launches “are not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the JCPOA.

Ghasemi went on to add that Ban’s report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231 which backs a nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 is merely a ‘repetitive administrative procedure’ and does not entail any follow-up action by the council.

Stressing that the report, nevertheless, violates ‘the letter and spirit of the JCPOA and even the Resolution 2231’, Ghasemi added “the Islamic Republic of Iran once again emphasizes that its ballistic missiles have not been designed to carry nuclear warheads and for this reason, do not fall within the jurisdiction of Resolution 2231. Iran will now allow anyone to even comment about its defense system.”

The Iranian diplomat described as positive Ban’s reference to the Western sides’ failure in complying with their commitments in regard to sanctions relief and confiscation of Iranian assets, adding “however, it is quite regrettable that the report has easily brushed off these cases and refrained from making a serious request on the 5+1 members to remain faithful to their commitments.”

“Iran will remain committed to its principled policy on diplomatic resolution of the issue,” Ghasmei said, adding “however, the success of this policy depends on mutual and sincere measures by all sides for a timely implementation of all their agreements.”

Iran would take reciprocal action should the other sides fail to remain committed to the deal, he warned. 

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