IRAN is on the brink of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to an explosive World War 3 warning issued by the US Secretary of State.
Mike Pompeo staged the intervention on Thursday. He claimed Iran's so-called “space launch vehicles” (SLVs) were in direct violation of a key United Nations (UN) resolution. The Iranian regime has launched ballistic missiles numerous times since United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (UNSCR 2231) was adopted and continues to do so, Mr Pompeo alleged.
He said: “Iran plans to fire off space launch vehicles with virtually the same technology as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
“US, France, UK and Germany have already stated this is in defiance of UNSCR 2231.
“We won’t stand by while the regime threatens international security.”
Of Iran’s increasingly bellicose actions, which the US claims flout the historic accord, Mr Pompeo said: “Such actions would once again demonstrate Iran's defiance of UNSCR 2231, which calls upon the Iranian regime not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
“This action includes launching SLVs, which incorporate technology that is virtually identical to that used in ballistic missiles, including in ICBMs.”
The US Secretary of State also noted an ICBM with a range of 10,000km could reach the US.
But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected Mr Pompeo’s warning against carrying out space vehicle launches and missile tests, saying on Thursday they did not violate the UN resolution.
Mr Zarif said in an English-language tweet: “Iran’s launch of space vehicles - and missile tests - are not in violation of Resolution 2231.
“The US is in material breach of same, and as such, it is in no position to lecture anyone on it.”
UNSCR 2231 was a resolution endorsing the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - or Iran Nuclear Deal - on the nuclear program of Iran.