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US Looks for Pretexts to Impose Sanctions on Iran

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States always looks for pretexts to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, stressing the importance of remaining vigilant in the face of Washington’s moves.

“The very countries that threw spanners in the works of the Islamic Republic of Iran may …once again move to impose new sanctions against the country through other ways. Therefore, such measures and issues should be fully monitored,” Larijani said.

He warned that Western countries seek to pursue adventurism under the current circumstances and said, “We definitely need solidarity and resistance to confront these measures.”

The Iranian Majlis speaker dismissed the West’s claims about the country’s missile program, saying they lack legal standing and are only part of a “propaganda stunt.”

“None of the ballistic missiles produced by Iran has been designed to carry nuclear warheads,” Larijani pointed out.

An Iranian deputy foreign minister also said the Islamic Republic’s missile capability is a matter of defense and national security, which is not open to any negotiations or compromise.

“During the nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries, we never allowed them to raise the issue of our country’s missile program, because no wise individual will negotiate over his country’s security,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said.

Referring to recent claims by the US and some European countries about Iran’s latest ballistic missile tests, the official said those countries have already brought up this issue at the UN Security Council twice, but have failed to make the body issue even a statement against Iran.

Araqchi stated that the US and the West frequently resort to the Security Council Resolution 2231 to call for a stop on Iran’s ballistic missile tests, adding, “The resolution calls upon Iran not to test or produce missiles which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, but Iran has never developed missiles for this purpose.”

The Iranian deputy foreign minister reiterated that there is no evidence to show that Iran's missiles are meant to carry nuclear warheads and therefore do not violate the Security Council Resolution 2231.

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