25 May 2023

State media reported the successful testing of a 2000km-range precision guided missile. On the sideline of the unveiling ceremony, Iran’s defence minister highlighted: “Our message to Iran's enemies is that we will defend the country and its achievements. Our message to our friends is that we want to help regional stability”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson reacted: “Iran’s development and proliferation of ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security and remains a significant nonproliferation challenge. We continue to use a variety of nonproliferation tools, including sanctions, to counter the further advancement of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its ability to proliferate missiles and related technology to others”. “Iran continues to seek a range of missile technologies from foreign suppliers and to conduct ballistic missile tests in defiance of the [UNSC 2231] resolution”, he added.

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