“Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors,” according to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Meanwhile, the US and its European allies sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General in which they claim that Iran defied the nuclear agreement by testing a missile in the beginning of the month.
Mar 30, 2016, 12:30PMBecca Noy
“Whoever claims that Iran’s future lies in dialogue and not in missiles- is wrong,” declared Khamenei today (Wednesday). In a tweet that appeared on his official account, he wrote that those who believe that Iran’s future is in negotiations and not ballistic capabilities are “ignorant or traitors.”
Earlier today, a Russian official said that “Iran’s missile trial is not a violation of the nuclear agreement.”
Last night, the US and its European allies sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which they claim that the Iranian ballistic missile trial that was conducted in the beginning of the month completely defies the UN Security Council resolution and the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Western powers. “[We] note with concern that Iranian military leaders have reportedly claimed these missiles are designed to be a direct threat to Israel,” the Western powers wrote in the letter.
According to the letter, the missiles used in the trial were “inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons,” which defies the nuclear agreement and the UN Security Council resolution. The Western countries urged UN Secretary-General Ban to respond appropriately.
The US, England, Germany, France and Spain used harsh words against Tehran in the letter but abstained from calling Iran’s missile launch a “violation of the nuclear agreement.” For this reason, Western diplomats believe that the UN will not respond seriously to the missile trial.