Iran denies allegations of supplying Russia with ballistic missiles

2024-02-24 12:53:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Iran denies allegations of supplying Russia with ballistic missiles

Iran denied on Friday that it has supplied Russia with ballistic missiles, after the United States warned of a strong international response to such an action.

Earlier this week Reuters news agency, citing six sources, reported that Iran had provided Russia with several powerful ballistic weapons, deepening military cooperation between the two countries sanctioned by the United States.

President Biden's administration warned Iran on Thursday of a "swift and tough" response from the international community if it is proven that Tehran has provided Russia with ballistic missiles.

"Despite the fact that there is no legal restriction on ballistic missile sales, Iran is morally obligated to refrain from arms transactions during the Russia-Ukraine conflict to curb incitement to war," Iran's UN mission said in a post on Platform X .

"This is based on Iran's commitment to respect international law and the UN Charter," Tehran's diplomatic mission to the UN said in a post.

UN Security Council restrictions on the export of certain missiles, drones and other technology from Iran expired in October.

However, the United States and the European Union kept in place sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program amid concerns about arms exports to countries and groups Tehran supports in the Middle East and Russia.

Iran initially denied allegations that it had supplied Russia with drones, but months later said it had sent a small number of drones before Moscow launched its full-scale attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022./ VOA

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