Iran dismisses EU concern about missile tests as 'non-constructive'

Iran Tuesday dismissed a European Union (EU) statement about its missile program, regional policies, rights abuses and assassination plots in Europe, calling it "baseless" and "non-constructive."

"Clear threats against the Islamic Republic is not constructive, efficient and helpful, and it is not in line with regional security and real interests of Europe," Iran's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the Tasnim news agency.

"Raising such baseless and hollow accusations while known terrorist and criminal groups are free in Europe, is non-constructive at this stage, and is in line with the goals of enemies who seek to undermine Iran's relations with Europe."

The Iranian foreign ministry said Iran's missile program was "defensive and deterrent" and Iran would never negotiate over it with other countries.

The EU released a statement on Monday which said it was gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile launches and tests and called on it to stop the activity that deepened mistrust and destabilized the region.

(Cover: Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran, Iran, February 2, 2019. /VCG Photo)

Source(s): Reuters