PARIS, Dec 3: France condemns Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile and considers the move provocative and destabilizing, a spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
"France is concerned by the fact that last Saturday Iran launched a medium-range ballistic missile. It condemns these provocative and destabilizing actions," the ministry's spokesperson said at a briefing.
The spokesperson pointed out that Iran's missile program did not comply with UN Security Council resolution 2231, stressing that Paris urged Tehran to immediately stop all activities related to the testing of ballistic missiles.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran had test-fired a medium range ballistic missile in violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which bans Iran from undertaking "any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology."
On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted Pompeo's claim that the Iranian missile program allegedly violated the UN resolution. Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Abolfazl Shekarchi said that Iran would continue to conduct missile tests without asking other countries for permission. He stressed that the missile test had been aimed at ensuring the country's defense in relation to national security. (UNI)