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Iran’s Legitimate Missile Program
by Stephen Lendman
In a confidential report to Security Council members, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lied, saying:
“While it is for the Security Council to interpret its own resolutions, I am concerned that (Iran’s) ballistic missile launches are not consistent with the constructive spirit demonstrated by” last year’s nuclear deal.
“I am concerned by the ballistic missile launches conducted by Iran in March 2016. I call upon Iran to refrain from conducting such ballistic missile launches since they have the potential to increase tensions in the region.”
Fact: Iran’s missile program complies fully with 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) principles and Security Council Resolution 2231 – making the agreement binding international law, prohibiting any nation from unilaterally abrogating it.
Fact: None of its missiles, including ballistic ones, are designed to carry nuclear warheads. No evidence suggests otherwise
Fact: Iran’s program is solely for defense, not offense. The Islamic Republic hasn’t attacked another country throughout its history. It threatens none now.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected Ban’s baseless accusation, suggesting he “and his colleagues…produce a realistic report.”
“They should not yield to political pressures from some members,” adding his assessment should explain “America…not fulfilling its commitments” under JCPOA.
In March, America, Britain, France and Germany turned truth on its head, claiming Iran’s missile program violates UN resolutions. No credible, independently verifiable evidence proves it. None exists.
Western powers, Israel and many other nations conduct missile tests without Ban criticizing them. He never says they’re inconsistent with constructive international spirit. 
These same powers rape and destroy one sovereign state after another, responsible for millions of deaths – polar opposite Iran’s geopolitical agenda, wanting peace, stability, cooperation with all nations and abolition of nuclear weapons.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.