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Iran rejects British meddling stance over Iran missiles

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat / 25 December 2021 / 10:36

Tehran (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has rejected the meddling stance of the British Foreign Office on Iran's defense capability, saying the Islamic Republic acts within the framework of international law and in accordance with its own defense needs.

Khatibzadeh added that such remarks and stances are not only interference in Iran's internal affairs, but also indicate the continuation of adopting double standard policies by London.

He added that the UK is in a never-ending race to sell the most destructive weapons to West Asia and other crisis-stricken regions of the world and signs military pacts such as AUKUS in violation of non-proliferation rules and at the same time it is also concerned about Iran's routine military exercises.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is peaceful, as verified by thousands of hours of inspections and numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He added that Iran has not had and does not have plans on using nuclear energy for military purposes for which it wants to design its missile program. The British know better than anyone else that Iran's missile program has nothing to do with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and its provisions. He added that it was Britain that, in interpreting UNSCR 2231, was in effect violating its provisions.

Khatibzadeh condemned British officials' attempts to portray Iran as a threat to the region, saying that what had fueled instability and insecurity in the region, including the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, was the insatiable appetite of Britain and other European countries to sell large quantities of advanced weapons to some countries while fully knowing that they are violating international law, especially humanitarian law, due to the use of these weapons.

Khatibzadeh noted that Britain and the other European countries are therefore the ones who must be held accountable before the oppressed people of the region and the international community for the surge in instability and insecurity in the region.

In the end, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that the Islamic Republic does not ask permission from anyone for its defense program nor does it negotiate over the issue.

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