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WorldIran dismisses EU concern about missile tests as 'non-constructive'

09:41  05 february  2019
09:41  05 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Iran dismissed on Tuesday a European Union statement about its missile program, regional policies, rights abuses and assassination plots in Europe “Raising such baseless and hollow accusations while known terrorist and criminal groups are free in Europe , is non - constructive at this stage, and is

Iran has tested several ballistic missiles since the nuclear agreement was struck in 2015. The sudden escalations of US- Iranian tensions have raised concerns about the future of the nuclear accord with Iran , which put stringent limits on the country's nuclear program.

Iran dismisses EU concern about missile tests as 'non-constructive'© Reuters/Raheb Homavandi FILE PHOTO: Iranian-made Emad missile is displayed during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran dismissed on Tuesday European Union unease about its missile program and rights abuses, calling it "non-constructive", as Europe seeks to shield Iran from U.S. sanctions while containing its regional policies.

The European Union said on Monday it was gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile tests and called on it to stop activity that deepened mistrust and destabilized the region.

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Iran test -fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday, state media said, a day after other missile tests that Washington suspected violated a U.N. resolution.

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of carrying multiple warheads, the nation's state-run broadcaster announced Saturday.

The Iranian foreign ministry said Iran’s missile program was "defensive and deterrent" and Iran would never negotiate over it with other countries.

"Clear threats against the Islamic Republic is not constructive, efficient and helpful, and it is not in line with regional security and real interests of Europe," Iran's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the Tasnim news agency.

The European Union said in its 12-point statement that it was committed to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of last May.

Last week, Britain, France and Germany launched a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions.

However, the EU warned that it could no longer tolerate what it said were Iranian assassination plots on its soil.

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“ Iran ’s recent ballistic missile test was dangerous and concerning , but not surprising,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, welcoming the council meeting. “The international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions

DUBAI — Iran said Saturday that it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, or about 1,200 miles, and would keep developing its arsenal despite pressure by the United States.

Iran's foreign ministry rejected the warning.

"Raising such baseless and hollow accusations while known terrorist and criminal groups are free in Europe, is non-constructive at this stage, and is in line with the goals of enemies who seek to undermine Iran’s relations with Europe," it said.

The ministry welcomed the new channel for non-dollar trade, known as the Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), but called it "late and inadequate".

Iran warned that it would revise relations with Europe if it did not benefit economically from INSTEX.

(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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