• Iran: NATO allegations made under US pressure

Iran has rejected "baseless and unwarranted" concerns voiced by NATO leaders about Tehran's missile program during a Wednesday summit and condemned their "repetitious" accusations against the country.

According to Press TV, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Thursday touched on a joint declaration of the allies, including their purported concern about Iran’s missile tests and what they called Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

"We reject and condemn as before the repetitious allegations of this statement on Iran," he said, suggesting that the declaration had been issued under US pressure.

Qassemi said Iran has "closely monitored the developments and debates of this meeting, especially the American attitudes and pressures on the members" of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

"Unfortunately, despite the fact that NATO's greatest spending is made on the security of the United States, this country (US) is unabashedly trying to impose its views and policies on other nations, especially European states through exerting pressure." 

Qassemi said, "It is a matter of much wonder and contemplation that certain sides continue to vainly insist on repeating delusional and baseless accusations against the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

"NATO member states' concerns about Iran's missile program are completely unwarranted. The missile program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only not in violation of Resolution 2231, but is completely conventional and defensive," he said. 

"And Iran, like all the independent countries of the world, has the right to enjoy all conventional military-defense programs to defend the interests, the people and sovereignty of the country," he added. 

Qassemi made it clear that "such unnecessary expressions of concern will not affect Iran's policies in maintaining, developing and strengthening the capabilities of its missile defense program." 

As for Iran's nuclear program, the spokesman touched on frequent and continuous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about Iran's commitment to its obligations.

Instead of pleasing US officials, NATO members "must first worry about the non-commitment and illegal and unilateral withdrawal of one member from its international obligations" and "instead of falsifying obvious and clear realities, they should chastise the unilateral and dangerous policies of this country," he said.

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Jul 12, 2018 18:58 UTC
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