Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Naser Kanaani, has rejected Western criticisms of his country’s ballistic missile development program.
This follows Tehran’s announcement of the development of a “hypersonic” missile, amidst Western powers persisting with demands for “credible explanations” about a secret nuclear site.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated it currently has no further questions, having received Iranian responses.
Kanaani described the missile program as “conventional” and “legitimate”, rejecting what it called “interventionist” remarks by Western leaders over the unveiling of the country’s first hypersonic missile.
The hypersonic missile, named Fattah, has been developed by IRGC’s aerospace division with a range of 1,400 kilometers and can penetrate and destroy all missile defense systems.
The US, France, and the UK criticized Iran’s announcement of developing a ballistic missile.
A spokesman for the US Department of State Vedant Patel highlighted Washington’s “concerns about Iran’s missile program are well-established.”
In like manner, the French Foreign Ministry voiced concern over the development of Iran’s new ballistic missile with a declared range of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles).
“This is yet another breach of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. These activities come amid the continued escalation of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic programs. We remain fully mobilized to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” the ministry said in a statement.