Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of provisions of resolution 2231

تصويب قطعنامه شوراي امنيت سازمان ملل در تمديد فعاليت هيات سازمان ملل در عراق

Tehran (ISNA) - Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN, New York announces while all ballistic missile related activities of Iran are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of resolution 2231, it is the U.S. that is in absolute violation of the very same resolution.

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN released a statement, mentioning to the UN Security Council on 4 December 2018.

Here is the full text of the statement:

While all ballistic missile related activities of Iran are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of resolution 2231, it is the U.S. that is in absolute violation of the very same resolution.

Portraying Iran’s ballistic missile program as inconsistent with resolution 2231 or as a regional threat is a deceptive and hostile policy of the U.S.

Despite depicting itself as a law-abiding nation and as the guardian of the rule of law at the international level, paradoxically, the U.S. has chosen to pursue the “doctrine of withdrawal from international instruments and institutions”. Its unlawful withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, endorsed by resolution 2231, is only one example.

Worse still, the U.S. now not only openly forces all nations to violate the terms of resolution 2231, but also threatens to punish them for its implementation. This is the very same resolution drafted by the U.S. itself and was adopted unanimously, including by the U.S. affirmative vote.

Through fabrication and disinformation as well as by invoking irrelevant criteria, the U.S. tries to create ambiguity and confusion in the interpretation of relevant provisions of resolution 2231 in order to abuse the resulting uncertainty against Iran.

This hypocritical and shameful policy reveals how dishonest and hostile the U.S. approach is as well as how irrelevant and invalid its related technical and legal arguments are.

Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of the provisions of resolution 2231, according to which, Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons”.

As a conventional defensive capability, Iran’s ballistic missile program isdesigned to be exclusively capable of delivering conventional warheadsand, as a result, none of Iran’s ballistic missiles are “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons”. Iran has never sought to acquire nuclear weapons and never will in the future.

The provisions of resolution 2231 are quite clear and devoid of any ambiguity. It does not prohibit or limit the legitimate conventional ballistic missile program and other related activities of Iran. Accordingly, Iran’s related activities not only are, in no way, inconsistent with the resolution but also fall outside of its purview.

Iran’s missile program serves as an effective defensive and deterrent tool against foreign threats. The acquisition and manufacturing of ballistic missiles to carry conventional warheads is an inherent right of any State under international law, and Iran is no exception.

The U.S. should stop abusing the Security Council to further its mischievous policies against Iran. Instead of baselessly accusing Iran of acting inconsistent with the provisions of resolution 2231, the U.S. must abide by the terms of the very same resolution.

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