Iran will “produce any weapons that we need,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said at the nation’s Army Day parade, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday.
Rouhani added that Iran “will not wait for your remarks or agreement” to obtain the weapons it says it needs.
The United States and its allies have insisted that UN Security Council Resolution 2231 bars Iran from developing ballistic missiles.
France and Germany joined the U.S. and the United Kingdom in August of last year, sending a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres, charging that Iran’s launch of a satellite violated Resolution 2231.
In December 2017, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France was “determined” to prevent Iran from developing even more sophisticated ballistic missiles. And in January of this year, he said that Iran’s continued testing of ballistic missiles showed that it “does not respect” Resolution 2231.
The Iranian president has previously said that Iran would not abide by any resolution that would limit its ability to acquire or develop weapons.
When Iran scheduled ballistic missile tests in August 2015, a month after the nuclear deal was announced, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency claimed that such tests would reinforce Iran’s interpretation of Resolution 2231, the resolution that formalizes parts of the nuclear deal. That resolution also calls for Iran to refrain from testing ballistic missiles, but Rouhani said that his country was unwilling to “abide by any resolution” that would limit its capacity to develop or acquire the weapons it deemed necessary.
[Photo: Mehr News Agency]