Iran launched two more ballistic missiles, Reuters reported with reference to Fars news Agency. Two of Qadr H missiles were launched in Northern Iran, they struck targets in the South-East of the country, flying 1,400 km.
The last days of Iran conducting military exercises, during which the launching of missiles with ranges from 300 to 2 thousand km, reported the Tasnim news Agency with reference to the commander of aerospace forces of Islamic revolution guard Corps (IRGC) Amir Ali Hajizadeh. He noted that thus the IRGC is looking for ways to modernize their missile base. In addition, the drill according to authorities, intended to demonstrate “the power of Iran,” says Tasnim.
Doctrine criticized Washington. According to Reuters, the United States fear that Iran’s missiles could be used for nuclear launch.
The White house spokesman Josh Ernest said that the us administration still considers the test to be contrary to the resolutions of the UN security Council. The speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan announced that the Congress intended in this regard to achieve the introduction of new economic sanctions against Iran. He called the tests a provocation, aimed against the USA, and stressed that they are contrary to international law. Restrictions must act before “the regime will not stop their aggressive, provocative behavior directed against the U.S. and its allies,” said Ryan.
Tehran, however, argues that missile tests are not linked to its nuclear programme. “The program on development of ballistic missiles was never intended to develop the means of delivery of nuclear weapons”, — said the official representative of Iranian foreign Ministry Hossein Jaber Ansari.
In July last year, Iran and countries of “six” (Russia, USA, China, UK, France and Germany) have reached agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement obliges Iran to produce nuclear weapons and use nuclear facilities only for peaceful nuclear energy. In response to this, the EU and the US took Iran sanctions related to its nuclear program.
Thus soon after the lifting of restrictions the US has imposed on Iran new sanctions. They are connected with the testing of ballistic missiles. The Finance Ministry stressed that the test launches pose “a significant threat to regional and global security”.