Tehran 0
3 January 2019

In a statement entitled "Warning to the Iranian Regime on Space Launches that Defy UNSCR 2231", Secretary Pompeo, citing Iranian plans to launch Space Launch Vehicles, indicated that "the U.S. will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime's destructive policies place international stability and security at risk". "We advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles", Pompeo said, "in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation". In response, Foreign Minister Zarif insisted that "Iran's launch of space vehicles - and missile tests - are NOT in violation of [UN Security Council] Resolution 2231", adding that "the U.S. is in material breach of the same, and as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it". 

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