Iran has denied a claim by the British foreign minister that it has tested a missile capable of launching a nuclear warhead, in violation of a UN resolution.
Iran is in the middle of a 10-day military exercise during which it has fired a number of new missiles, one of which has a range of 2,000 kilometres, capable of hitting Israel and the US’s Middle East bases.
“Iran has been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the UK parliament.
Resolution 1929, passed by the UN Security Council a year ago, tightened sanctions against Iran imposed over its nuclear programme, which Western countries say is aimed at building a weapon. Tehran says the programme aims to generate electricity.
Hague said Iran had announced plans to triple its capacity to produce 20 percent enriched uranium, levels “far greater than is needed for peaceful nuclear energy”.