TEHRAN, July 21. /TASS/. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 does not include Tehran’s program on assembling ballistic missiles, Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue taking necessary measures and implementing plans on enhancing its defense capabilities in order to protect its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity against any kind of aggression and against terrorism threat in the region," the statement said. "In this connection, Iran’s military potential, including ballistic missiles, serves exclusively for defense. These weapons were designed not to be used as weapons of mass destruction. Consequently, they do not fall under the jurisdiction of UN Security Council resolution," the foreign ministry added.
Tehran intends to play an active role in fighting terrorism and strengthening stability in the region, the statement stressed.
On Monday, the UN Security Council has unanimously the resolution in support of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. According to the document, all international sanctions will be lifted from Iran in 10 years if Tehran fulfills all conditions agreed with P5+1 group of international mediators (five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany) in Vienna.
The resolution also envisages easing sanctions against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submits a report confirming Tehran’s compliance with the terms of the deal. The UN Security Council also reinforced the mechanism of returning all restrictions in case Iran violates the terms of the agreement.