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Moscow 'Categorically' Disagrees With Washington on Iran's Missile Program

Sputnik News

17:54 11.07.2017(updated 17:55 11.07.2017)

Russia categorically disagrees with US claims that Iran's missile program is carried out in violation of a UNSC resolution on the issue as the United States and some other Western countries attempt to misrepresent the situation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier on Tuesday, Ryabkov held a meeting in Tehran with Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araghchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (CAPA).

"We discussed the situation with the consideration of the Iranian dossier in the framework of the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and concluded that there are also a number of issues on which we have to work actively together," Ryabkov said.

According to Ryabkov, some Western countries, including the United States, are attempting to paint the Iranian missile program in a false light, "present the case in such a way that this program, including test launches of ballistic missiles, does not meet the requirements of resolution 2231."

"We categorically disagree with this," the Russian diplomat stressed.

In July 2015, the JCPOA was reached between Iran and six international mediators, including the United States, to ensure the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear program.

In January 2016, Iran's compliance with the terms of the JCPOA, verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), allowed for a large part of the international anti-Iranian sanctions to be lifted, including the deprivation of access to frozen assets, ban on purchasing passenger planes, and sale of oil and coal.

However, the new US administration imposed a new round of sanctions against Iran in February 2017 over its January medium-range ballistic missile test. Additionally, on April 19, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Iranian government of sponsoring terrorism and announced a JCPOA review, ordered by the US president, that could potentially dissolve the agreement, while at the same time confirming that Iran was fulfilling its obligations under the JCPOA.


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