Iran to continue missile programme

Iran to continue missile programme reassuring neighbouring countries it should not be considered as threat

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, January 15, 2016

Iran’s missile programme will continue and should not be considered a threat to neighbouring and friendly countries, the head of the army said on Thursday as cited by Fars news agency.

International sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear programme were lifted last month under a deal reached between Iran and six major powers in 2015, however new sanctions were imposed on its missile programme.

Iran is called upon to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years, according to a United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing the deal.

Iran had violated a UN ban by testing a ballistic missile in October, instigating a US threat to impose more sanctions. 

In December, President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran's missile programme to be expanded.

"Iran's missile capability and its missile programme will become stronger. We do not pay attention and do not implement resolutions against Iran, and this is not a violation of the nuclear deal," said commander in chief Ataollah Salehi.

"Our missile programme is not a threat against our friends but it is a threat against our enemies. Israel should understand what it means," he said.

TRTWorld, Reuters