Portraying Iran missile program as regional threat, deceptive policy:Envoy

Iran's representative to the First Committee of the UN General Assembly called Iran's missiles for defence purposes and an effective means of deterrence against foreign threats.

Iran PressEurope: Reacting to remarks made by the representative of Germany and the resigned Yemeni government, Heidar Ali Balouji, expressed that portraying Iran's missile program as a regional threat is a deceptive and hostile policy.

Balouji called the Yemeni side's remarks absurd and not worthy of responding to, and added that nothing could justify this degree of violation of international human rights and international humanitarian law.

He stressed that Germany must be held accountable for its role in assisting former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hossein in equipping chemical weapons and committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Iranian diplomat explained that no Iranian official can leave his people defenseless in unstable areas such as the Persian Gulf, and called his main responsibility as protecting the citizens.

"We have therefore developed our own indigenous missile defense system, which is our legal, legitimate, and inherent right under Article 51 of the UN Charter."

The Iranian diplomat added that regarding the role of missiles in the defense situation, Iran's missile program is a normal defense capability.

"Iran's missiles are for defense purposes only and are an effective means of deterring foreign threats," he reiterated.

Noting that Iran's wise decision to focus on accuracy rather than range has provided the ability to respond accurately, Balouji stated that nuclear weapons do not need to be accurate, but ordinary warheads are needed to be so.

The only use that Iran has made of missiles since the beginning of the eight-year of the imposed war, is limited and deliberate military action in self-defense.

He highlighted that efforts to portray Iran's ballistic missiles as a regional threat are a deceptive and hostile policy.

In response to the argument over UNSCR 2231 and the launch of Iran's ballistic missiles, the Iranian envoy noted that the resolution only calls on Iran not to take any action on ballistic missiles 'designed' to carry nuclear warheads.

He expressed that Iran has repeatedly stated that none of its ballistic missiles has been designed to have such capabilities and that Iran respects Resolution 2231 and its international obligations.

Balouji made the remarks at a meeting of the UN General Assembly's disarmament committee in response to comments made by the German envoy and resigned Yemeni government.


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