Iran to continue its ballistic missiles program

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (MNA) – Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations stressed that Iran will continue its activities in the field of ballistic missiles and satellites to preserve its security and socio-economic interests.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks on Tuesday evening, following the UN Security Council meeting during which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave a report on the implementation of UNSCR 2231.

Iranian negotiation team in the Vienna talks is serious and ready to interact meaningfully and constructively with the other parties to the JCPOA, Takht-Ravanchi said, expressing hope that the other parties adopt the same approach.

"As the Vienna talks move forward, we must all work together to reach an acceptable and good agreement in Vienna as soon as possible", he stressed.

He went on to say that Vienna talks can only succeed through genuine political will and negotiations based on good faith.

Iran has fulfilled its obligations and it has made all efforts to preserve the JCPOA more than its fair share.

He said, "As we have reiterated many times, the only solution is the commitment of all parties to the full, effective and verifiable implementation of the JCPOA; No more, no less."

Today, the United States and the European Union must now live up to their responsibilities and return to the full implementation of their commitments under the JCPOA, he said, adding that it is time to make a decision.

"We hope they take this opportunity", he stressed.

Obviously, Iran must be guaranteed that all sanctions will be removed; The United States will not withdraw from JCPAO again and will not abuse the mechanisms of the deal, and Resolution 2231, Takht-Ravanchi added.

Elsewhere in his remarks,  Iran's envoy to the UN also spoke about Iran's activities in the field of ballistic missiles and satellites carriers.

"We will continue to work on ballistic missiles and satellite carriers, both of which are essential to our security and socio-economic interests", Takht-Ravanchi stressed.

According to him, under international law, having a conventional missile program is the inherent right of the Iranian people and it is not in violation of Resolution 2231.

The launch of ballistic missiles and satellite carriers is not subject to Resolution 2231, he said, adding, "Any attempt against Iran's ballistic missile and satellite program via distorting interpretation of paragraph 3 of Resolution 2231 is completely rejected, he stressed."

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