France Says ‘Concerned’ by Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – France expressed concerns over Iran’s recent successful test of a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), calling on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to carry out a full report on the launch.
“France asks that Iran cease all destabilizing activity in the region,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“(France) will consider with its partners, notably European, the means to obtain from Iran the cessation of its destabilizing ballistic activities.”
Britain also voiced concerns about the test of “Khorramshahr” missile, which can carry several warheads.
“Extremely concerned by reports of Iran missile test, which is inconsistent with UN resolution 2231. Call on Iran to halt provocative acts,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed on Twitter.
US President Donald Trump said on Twitter, “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea,” Trump said on Twitter. “Not much of an agreement we have!”
Iran’s defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran’s missile program.
“On the path to improve our country’s defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and won’t ask for anyone’s permission,” Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in remarks carried by state television.
State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test without giving its time or location. It included video from an on-board camera which it said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads.
“You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country,” state television said, adding this was Iran’s third missile with such a range.
Khorramshahr was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities.