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UK, France fail to present evidence demonstrating UNSC resolutions violated by Iran

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed / 5 December 2018 / 16:25

Tehran (ISNA) - The United Kingdom and France, who convened a UN Security Council session to discuss reports of ballistic tests in Iran, have failed to present any evidence demonstrating that UN Security Council resolutions were violated, a spokesman for Russia's mission to the UN told TASS.

When asked about results of UN Security Council consultations, held behind closed doors on Tuesday, the official spokesman for the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, said "the Russian Federation has no information that on December 1 Iran tested a ballistic missile, designed to carry nuclear weapons."

"Also, neither the United Kingdom nor France presented any evidence of this during UN Security Council consultations on the issue," he said.

The spokesman said Russia had urged the West to engage in dialogue with Iran instead of introducing new sanctions.

"Instead of threats and sanctions, the parties concerned should engage in a full-fledged dialogue based on mutual respect," Strzhizhovsky said.

"We do not believe that Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which contains only a call - not a ban, as our Western partners say - to Tehran to refrain from activities related to launches of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles," the Russian diplomat said.

The spokesman added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed on many occasions that Iran's nuclear program lacks any military component.

"Also, there is no evidence of Iran creating infrastructure to store and service nuclear weapons," he said.

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