Iran's planned space launches violate UN resolution: Pompeo
In a statement issued by the State Department on Thursday, Pompeo warned that Iran's plans to launch three Space Launch Vehicles in the coming months would demonstrate its defiance of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231.
UNSCR 2231 endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the 2015 nuclear deal which Iran signed with world powers. The US had pulled out of the multilateral deal in May last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Pompeo said that the resolution calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, claiming the planned space launches would incorporate technology "virtually identical" to that used in ballistic missiles, Xinhua news agency reported.
The US was in material breach of the resolution, Zarif said via the Twitter account of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Iran's launch of space vehicles -- and missile tests -- are NOT in violation of Res 2231. The US is in material breach of same and as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it," Zarif tweeted.
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