Jan 31, 2017 16:35 UTC
  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russia on Tuesday said that a reported ballistic missile test by Iran does not contravene a United Nations resolution on Iran’s nuclear program, after the US requested emergency UN consultations.

“Such actions, if they took place, do not breach the resolution,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency, saying demands for UN talks were aimed at “heating up the situation”.

Ryabkov added that Moscow had not confirmed the missile test took place.

The UN Security Council is to hold talks Tuesday on Iran’s reported test-firing of a medium-range missile after the United States requested the emergency meeting following a call from the dangerously nuclear-armed usurper regime of Israel for action.

For his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the United States against “creating new tensions” with Tehran over ballistic missiles tests.

Iran has said its missiles would never carry a nuclear warhead as it has no plans to develop atomic weapons, stressing expansion of the country’s defensive missile program.