EU trio demand report by UN chief on Iran's missile program
Britain, France and Germany, via a letter released on Tuesday, have called on UN Secretary General to deliver a report on Iran's recent missile activities.
The E3 countries claimed Iran's activities in production and launch of new ballistic missiles in February is "part of a trend of increased activity inconsistent" with the UNSC resolution 2231, Reuters reported.
UN Security Council Resolution 2231 -- adopted just after the 2015 nuclear deal -- calls on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons."
UNSC Resolution 2231 is not binding and Iran insists that none of its missiles is designed for delivery of nuclear weapons.
Moreover, Tehran insists that its missile program is purely defensive and that it has no intention of developing a nuclear capability.
The three countries asked United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to "report fully and thoroughly on Iranian ballistic missile activity" in his next report, which is expected in June.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defence, and that Iran’s defensive capabilities will never be subject to negotiations.
Iran displayed its home-made Qadr, Qiam and Zulfiqar ballistic missiles during rallies celebrating the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 2019.
Also in a statement released on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) stated that it will continue its "unstoppable" strategy to develop its missile capabilities to boost the country’s deterrence power and to support the Resistance Front. 101/211/205