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Spokesman: Iran missile program irrelevant to JCPOA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 24, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said on Thursday that Iran's missile program has nothing to do with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and is not in violation of the UN Security Council resolution 2231.

Speaking in reaction to addition of new names to the US unilateral sanctions list under the pretext of aiding Iranian missile program, Ansari said, 'The program follows fully defensive objectives and nothing can prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from its legitimate and legal rights to strengthen its national security and defense.'

He said per explicit order of Iranian revered President Hassan Rouhani to Ministry of Defense on December 31, 2015, the Islamic Republic of Iran government will promote its defensive missile potential in response to any US interventionist measure against its defensive program.

He said that today and in the post-sanction era, the period of campaign against Iran ended and resort to vain pretexts to show the Islamic Republic of Iran as a threat is not longer effective. Under ongoing harsh and dangerous security conditions, the Islamic Republic of Iran's defensive and non-invasive potential has been the main cause of stability and security in the region, he added.

Jaberi Ansari said that such measures are merely to safeguard national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country and campaign against sinister terrorism and extremism phenomenon and in line with common regional and global interests.

He hoped that instead of taking measures, whose result is nothing but destabilization of the region and the world, the US government should address serious security needs of the West Asian region such as the Zionist regime's nuclear disarmament, stopping the crimes and war mongering of the US allies in Syria and Yemen and genuine campaign against Daesh and Takfiri terrorist groups.

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