On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague aIleged that Iran has been conducting covert tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads in violation of a U.N. resolution.
In a quote from the AFP regarding a statement from Hague to lawmakers, Hague said, "Iran has also been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929."
Furthermore, Hague claimed that Iran was planning to triple its production of 20 percent enriched uranium, which can be used in the construction of nuclear warheads.
Hague's statements were made the day after Iran's Revolutionary Guards claimed to have fired 14 missiles in a training exercise. One of the missiles was allegedly a medium-range armament that could strike Israeli or U.S. targets in the Gulf.
This exercise was designed by Iran to preserve the country's "readiness against enemy strikes," reports Voice of America.
But, according to Reuters, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying that "None of the missiles tested by Iran is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead."
Although Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty denouncing the possession of nuclear arms, it has been in violation of the treaty in the past, spreading doubt regarding its claim that nuclear production in the country will be used for peaceful purposes.