Iran Rejects U.S. Warning Against Space Launches, Ballistic Missiles

DUBAI (Reuters) -
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected a U.S. warning against carrying out space-vehicle launches and missile tests, saying on Thursday they did not violate a U.N. resolution.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a preemptive warning to Iran earlier on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

Iran‘s launch of space vehicles – & missile tests – are NOT in violation of [Resolution] 2231. The US is in material breach of same, & as such it is in no position to lecture anyone on it,” Zarif wrote in English on Twitter.