Iranian plans to launch space vehicles and to continue missile testing are not in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has tweeted.
Iran's launch of space vehicles— & missile tests—are NOT in violation of Res 2231. The US is in material breach of same, & as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 3, 2019
Reminder to the US:
1. Res 1929 is dead;
2. threats engender threats, while civility begets civility. pic.twitter.com/9niN852Jii
According to the foreign minister, Washington was the side that was "in material breach" of the Security Council resolution, and as such was "in no position to lecture anyone on it."
Zarif also recalled that Security Council Resolution 1929, which introduced sanctions against Iran in 2010 after accusing the country of failing to comply with earlier resolutions concerning its nuclear program, was "dead," and that UNSCR 2231 calls on Iran not to engage in the testing of missiles "designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons," but does not prohibit it from missile testing entirely.
The exchange of hostilities between Zarif and Pompeo are just the latest in a long-running debate between the two top diplomats. Last month, Zarif charged that the US had "surrealism" as its "modus operandi in…foreign affairs," saying the US violated UNSCR 2231 itself while threatening "to punish those who don't wish to violate it…with illegal US sanctions."
Washington withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and introduced a series of tough sanctions against Tehran, prompting the deal's other signatories, including Russia, China and several European powers, to scramble to save the landmark nuclear agreement.