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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Iran Warns U.S. not to ‘Create New Tensions’ over Missiles
(AFP) — Iran on Tuesday warned the United States against “creating new tensions” over its ballistic missile tests as Washington called for urgent talks at the UN Security Council on the issue.
The row comes against a backdrop of already-strained relations over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries.
The European Union appealed to Tehran to refrain from activities such as the missile tests “which deepen mistrust”.
But the diplomatic push by the West quickly ran into trouble as Russia said a missile test would not breach a UN resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Moscow, which is fighting alongside Tehran’s forces in Syria, said the demand for emergency talks at the Security Council was aimed at “heating up the situation”.
Tehran has neither confirmed nor denied firing any missiles over the weekend.
US President Donald Trump has sharply criticised the nuclear deal that led to a lifting of international sanctions against Iran, which used the occasion of a visit by France’s foreign minister to express its discontent with Washington.
“We hope that Iran’s defence programme is not used by the new US administration… as a pretext to create new tensions,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pictured) said at a press conference with Jean-Marc Ayrault. READ MORE