Tehran to U.S.: Iran’s missile capability a counterweight against terrorism

March 17, 2016

TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic’s missile program has nothing to do with the nuclear deal and the program does not contravene the UN Resolution 2231.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry came in response to the U.S. Treasury Department which on Thursday sanctioned two Iranian companies for supporting Iran's missile program.
“This program is quite defensive and no move can deprive the Islamic Republic from exercising its legitimate and legal rights for strengthening its defensive and security capability,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said.
According to Reuters, the United States sanctioned Shahid Nuri Industries and Shahid Movahed Industries, cutting them off from international finance. It said they were working for Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which Washington says is responsible for Iran's ballistic missile program.
Jaberi Ansari said according to an order by President Hassan Rouhani to the Defense Ministry issued on December 31, 2005, Iran will “respond” to any U.S. interference against Tehran’s defensive plans including a “upgrading of its missile defense capability”.
The spokesman added since the inking of the nuclear deal in July 2005 the time has ended to portray Iran as a threat by resorting to “false reasons”.
“In the current critical and dangerous security situation the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defensive and non-aggressive capabilities is an important element of stability and security in the region,” he noted.
The ministry official added Iran’s missile program “is merely intended to guard the national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and campaign against the vicious phenomenon of terrorism and extremism, and (it is) in line with the common regional and global interests.”
The U.S. administration, instead of taking such measures which will only destabilize the region and the world, should focus on Western Asia’s essential security needs such as the nuclear disarmament of Israel, halting the crimes of its allies in Syria and Yemen and other countries and launch a “real fight against Daesh and other Takfiri terrorist groups”.