A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9, 2016 ©Mahmood Hosseini (Tasnim News/AFP/File)
Times of Israel: Defiant Iran says it will continue ballistic missile tests
Tehran brushes off UN chief’s call to halt launches, saying program is intended for defense and does not conflict with nuclear deal
Iran said Saturday it would continue its ballistic missile program after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the missile tests were not in the spirit of the country’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
In comments published on Iran’s foreign ministry website Saturday, spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that “Iran will strongly continue its missile program based on its own defense and national security calculations.”
He said that Iran’s missile program was not linked to the nuclear deal and did not conflict with the UN Security Council resolution endorsing the agreement.
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WNU Editor: Iran has also criticized a German intelligence report that outlines continuing Iranian attempts to obtain nuclear and missile technology .... Iran, criticizing Merkel, says to press on with missile program (Reuters).
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