March 15, 2016 / 3:18 AM / 2 years ago

Iran says missiles for self defense, tests do not violate nuclear deal

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday its ballistic missiles were for self-defense and that recent tests condemned by the United States did not violate an historic nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

A ballistic missile is launched and tested in an undisclosed location, Iran, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mahmood Hosseini/TIMA

Speaking in Australia, Zarif said that the missiles tested last week would never be used in aggression. The tests drew international concern and prompted a meeting on Monday of the 15-nation Security Council.

Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Kim Coghill

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