Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said on Friday that Iran's recent ballistic missile tests were part of ongoing efforts of the armed forces to strengthen the country's legitimate defense capabilities.
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said the force will put on display its latest achievements in April.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the country’s ballistic missile serves defensive and deterrent purposes, stressing that the Islamic Republic has never sought to launch aggression against any country.
Iran’s foreign minister said the country’s work on missiles -not designed for carrying nuclear warheads- has not been restricted by any treaty or UN resolution, making a reference to the IRGC commander’s assertion that Iran’s military force is meant for defense alone.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi flatly rejected the notion that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ recent missile drill has violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined that enemies’ plots to undermine Iran’s Islamic Establishment have not only been thwarted but also turned into opportunities for the country.
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York in a statement underlined that the country’s recent missile test was part of Tehran’s effort to boost capability to defend against any aggression.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests do not violate its nuclear deal with the world powers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has defended the country's right to use ballistic missiles, saying Iran's missiles are a means of defense.
A senior member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said the Islamic Republic’s defense power can never be subject to any negotiation with the West or others.