Iran: Nuclear Power:Written question - 10465

Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Nuclear Power
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for the Iran nuclear deal of (a) ballistic missile tests carried out by Iran since July 2015 and (b) reports that Iran has provided support for the advancement of North Korea's development of nuclear weapons.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 October 2017

We are committed to the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – by all parties. Iran is in compliance with its nuclear-related commitments, as confirmed by the 31 August report of the International Atomic Energy Agency. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Since July 2015, Iran has carried out a number of ballistic missile tests and has launched a space launch vehicle using such technology. This activity is not a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But it is inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and we have written to the UN Secretary General with France, Germany and the US to express our concern. We call upon Iran to refrain from such activity.

We condemn North Korea's illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. We are monitoring its programme developments, as the Foreign Secretary alluded to during his remarks to Parliament on 5 September. The assessment of any links between Iran and North Korea is sensitive information. It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on matters relating to intelligence or national security.

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