DUBAI – Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on Wednesday confirmed that the Islamic Republic had tested a new missile, adding that the test did not violate Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution.
This is the first missile test by Iran after Donald Trump assumed office of U.S. President, while it test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015. Trump had said in his election campaign that he would restrict missile programme of Iran.
“The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs,” Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said, according to Tasnim news agency.
“The test did not violate the nuclear deal or the (U.N.) resolution 2231,” he said.
Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday refused to confirm whether his country recently conducted a missile test, saying the Iranian missile program is not part of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
A U.S. official claimed on Monday that Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday and it exploded after travelling 630 miles (1,010 km).