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No International Convention Limits Iran's Missile Program

Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Alireza Akbari

Former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister

 

In an interview with Khabaronline News Agency, Alireza Akbari, Iran's former deputy defense minister, has reflected on the cost-benefit balance of negotiations with the West over Iran's missile program.

Various media outlets recently announced that France, Britain, and Germany – as three major European countries that took part in nuclear negotiations with Iran within framework of the P5+1 group – have tried to convince other members of the European Union to impose new sanctions on Tehran in a bid to encourage the United States to remain committed to the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). They say that new sanctions are part of a joint effort by the European Union and the United States to limit Iran's missile program. Now, does this mean that Iran is on the path to face a new wave of sanctions over its missile activities? A former deputy defense minister of Iran, Alireza Akbari, who held the position under Iran's reformist administration, has been asked by Khabaronline News Agency in an interview: “Should Iran engage in negotiations with the West over its missile program?”

He said, “First of all, there are no internationally recognized regulations or treaties or conventions, which have limited or denied any country’s right to procure, produce, do research on, and develop such conventional weapons as missiles. Secondly, Iran's neighboring regions on four sides are teeming with oversupplied stocks of conventional and even unconventional weapons. Iran is surrounded with highly tense regions in security terms on all sides. Thirdly, existence of “security imbalance” in a sensitive region like West Asia increases the probability of war. If Iran becomes unable to “create security balance,” the region will be faced with a higher risk of war. Fourthly, Iran has no plan to make up for the “strategic imbalance” with its hostile sides (including the United States and Israel). However, Iran's effort to reduce “security and conventional imbalance” at regional level is compatible with internationally recognized principles and rights, while being aimed at ensuring regional security.

 

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*Source: Khabaronline

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