Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Iran will continue tests on its missile program despite the threat of renewed sanctions over a missile test in October that violated international sanctions.
“We tested Emad, which is a conventional missile (on October 11) to show the world that the Islamic Republic will only act based on its national interests and no country or power can impose its will on Iran,” Dehghan said, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.
“Iran will not accept any restrictions on its missile program,” he added.
The United Nations Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Iran said in a confidential report that Iran in October violated a Security Council resolution for test-firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
“On the basis of its analysis and findings the Panel concludes that Emad launch is a violation by Iran of paragraph 9 of Security Council resolution 1929,” the panel said, Reuters reported.
The panel’s findings come as the International Atomy Energy Agency this week decided to end its 12-year investigation into Iran’s nuclear weapons program, leading the way for sanctions to be lifted and normalized international relations with Iran to resume.