US State Department Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Iran’s purchase of Russian S-300 missile defence system does not constitute a violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, or of the terms of the JCPOA.
“…while we’re opposed to the sale (of the S-300 to Iran), it is not a violation of the JCPOA or UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” Trudeau said during a press briefing on Tuesday May 10, the official US State Department website reported.
On July 20, 2015, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, which bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”
This is while Iran has repeatedly underlined that missile testing is an issue related to the defence of its territorial integrity, and that none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.
Referring to the recent delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system to Iran, Trudeau added, “We’ve been making clear our objections to any sale of the S-300 missile system for quite a while. The Secretary has raised it with Foreign Minister Lavrov repeatedly. We have long objected to the sale of such sophisticated defence capabilities. We continue to monitor it closely.”
Back in April, Iran displayed part of the Russian-made S-300 air defence missile system in a military parade in Tehran, held to mark the National Army Day.