Iran - Iranian rocket launch on January 15, 2019 (16 January 2019)
Iran has claimed to have conducted a satellite launch. France strongly condemns this launch which is not in compliance with UNSCR 2231.
Indeed, UNSCR 2231 calls on Iran to refrain from conducting activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches. Space launch vehicles use technology that is very similar to that used for ballistic missiles, in particular for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
This launch follows the firing of short-range ballistic missiles into Syria on September 30 and the firing of a medium-range ballistic missile on December 1. These missile launches were also not in compliance with UNSCR 2231.
The Iranian ballistic missile program is a source of concern for the international community and France. We call on Iran to refrain from conducting any further launches of ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including space launch vehicles, and urge Iran to comply with its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
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