Iran has the right to develop its missile programme (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)

The launch by Iran on 27 July of the missile “Simurg” caused a lot of speculations and aimed at putting additional pressure on the country under the false pretext.

In fact, there are no international obligations, including UN Security Council Resolutions, under which Iran cannot develop national missile and space programmes. The recent launch is not contrary to the UNSC Resolution 2231, which only calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology”.

The IAEA has come to a conclusion that Iran is not working on creating nuclear weapons. There is no evidence that Iran is building an infrastructure for storage and maintenance of nuclear weapons, what could be easily spotted by existing technical means.

Iran’s critics still fail to provide any reliable proof that the Iranian ballistic missiles, including “Simurg”, are designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. We are convinced that the Iranian missile and space programmes have nothing to do with nuclear weapons. For this reason, this issue is not subject to the UNSC Resolution 2231. We advise to concentrate on the implementation of the JCPOA.