US resorting to 'maximum deception' campaign against Iran: Envoy
Iran's ambassador to the UN has rejected "certain baseless accusations" repeated by the US against the Islamic Republic's space and ballistic missile activities, saying Washington is resorting to a “maximum deception” campaign in dealing with Tehran.
"This 'maximum deception' campaign is in line with and a living example of the so-called 'maximum pressure' policy of the United States against Iran," Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said in separate letters to the United Nations and the UN Security Council on Friday.
He added that Iran has repeatedly announced that none of its "ballistic missiles are designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons" and added that paragraph 3 of annex B to Resolution 2231 (which endorses a nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers) does not limit, in any way, Iran’s activities regarding the conventional ballistic missiles.
"Consequently, Iran’s related activities are not inconsistent with that paragraph. Rather, they fall outside of the purview or competence of the Security Council resolution and its annexes (S/2015/550)," he added.
The Iranian diplomat firmly rejected the desperate attempts by the United States for the arbitrary reinterpretation of paragraph 3 of annex B to Resolution 2231.
"There is no implicit or explicit reference in that paragraph either to the Missile Technology Control Regime itself or to its definitions and, thus, any reference thereto is totally misleading. Moreover, while the Missile Technology Control Regime criteria are not legally binding, even for its 35 members, any attempt to portray them as the universally agreed definition is definitively premature."