Pompeo warns of escalation risk as Iran conducts missile test

US slams Iranian medium range ballistic missile test

"We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi stopped short of confirming the missile test but responded to Pompeo's statement by claiming that his country's missile program did not violate any United Nations resolutions.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran's test of "a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads ... violates UNSCR 2231". "We condemn these activities, and call upon Iran to cease immediately all activities related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

Qasemi did not confirm or deny that Iran had carried out a new missile test.

"We will continue both the test and development of the missiles", he said, adding that any negotiation with foreigners on the missile program is out of question since the issue is related to the country's national security. Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a massive trove of documents smuggled out of Iran by the Mossad that he said was conclusive evidence of Tehran's nuclear aspirations.

US slams Iranian medium range ballistic missile test

"The interesting and of course farcical point here is that you are referring to a resolution that you have not only violated by unilaterally and illegally withdrawing from the JCPOA, but also you urge others to breach it, and even threaten to punish or slap sanctions on them if they implement the agreement", he added.

"Iran is among the world's top powers in building missiles, radars, armoured vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles", Hatami told official IRNA news agency, reports Xinhua.

He said: "We had a functioning deal and you may not have agreed with all the contents of it but it actually contained this conflict".

Under the UN resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons. He said Iran could resume enriching uranium to 20 percent purity if it fails to see economic benefits from the 2015 deal that curbed its nuclear program.

Iran's missile programme and regional interference were described as factors in the US' decision to pull out of the pact.

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