Iran shrugs off EU criticism over missile tests

Feb 05, 2019, 5:54 AM EST
(Source: saeedeh T/flickr)
(Source: saeedeh T/flickr)

A day after the European Union condemned Iran for its targeting of dissidents on the European soil and asked it to immediately halt its ballistic missile tests, Tehran fired back calling the allegations “baseless” and “non-constructive.”

The bloc on Monday vowed to adhere to 2015 nuclear deal with Iran while expressing concerns over Tehran’s role in fueling tensions in a war-ravaged Syria, notes Reuters. The recriminatory exchanges between the two sides reveal their “testy” relationship at a time when the U.S. seeks to counter Iran’s penetration in Europe and the Middle East.

It’s a tricky situation for the EU, which shares the same concerns as the U.S. about Tehran, but unlike Washington, favors abiding by the landmark nuclear deal to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions under check, reports Deutsche Welle.