15:03 GMT +315 October 2019
Listen Live
    This US Department of Defense (DOD) handout photo shows on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. - The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD's development of future intermediate-range capabilities.

    Iran Concerned About Recent US Missile Test, Fears Global Arms Race - Spokesman

    © AP Photo / SCOTT HOWE
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL

    TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Tehran is concerned about the recent US missile test and warns against a global arms race, Abbas Mousavi, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said on Saturday.

    "This step by the United States could lead to an arms race on the global level, which, apart from further destabilizing and threatening peace and the international security, will force other countries to shoulder high economic costs," Mousavi stated.

    On August 18, the United States launched a cruise missile, previously banned by the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    The United States withdrew from the INF Treaty on August 2, citing alleged Russian violations of the treaty as an excuse, along with the reluctance of other countries, including China, to join it.

    The US decision caused considerable criticism from Russia and other countries. Moscow suspended its own participation in the pact in July.

    The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, banned all short-medium (310–620 miles) and intermediate (620–3,420 miles) range ground-launched missiles.

    arms race, missile test, U.S, Iran
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik