TEHRAN, Dec 3: Iran will continue to develop and test missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by the US officials, a spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces said.
"Missile tests and the overall defensive capability of the Islamic republic are for defence purposes and in line with our country's deterrence policy," Abolfazl Shekarchi said, Xinhua news agency reported.
"We will continue to both test and develop missiles," he said, adding that "this issue is outside the framework of any negotiations and is part of our national security." "We will not ask for any country's permission in this regard," he stressed.
Iran has assured regional countries that the boost of missiles power of the Islamic republic does not hurt the interests of other countries, Shekarchi said.
"Such measures are only in line with boosting the country's deterrent and defence power," he added.
Shekarchi made the remarks in reaction to an earlier remarks by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that Iran's ballistic missile tests violated the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231.
Pompeo said on Saturday that "the Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that's capable of carrying multiple warheads. This test violates UNSCR 2231." - IANS