Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari said inauguration of missile systems is part of Iran’s defensive program and is not related to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Talking to reporters in his weekly press conference, Jaber-Ansari reiterated that Iran’s missile systems are not related to the country’s nuclear agreement and are meant to follow a purely defensive framework.
‘Iran’s criteria in JCPOA deal and any legislation that comes into force from US and violates JCPOA would be followed by countermeasures from Iran,’ he added.
Jaberi-Ansari reiterated that the exact time for implementation of JCPOA has not been finalized yet and all obligations by the two sides should proceed.
On January 5, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) aired exclusive footage of the deep underground tunnel filled with numerous precision-guided long-range Emad ballistic missiles.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) first underground missile facility was unveiled on October 14, 2015.
Iran successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface missile, which has been completely designed and manufactured by experts of Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Defense, on October 11.