`Missile test undermines Iran`s claims of peaceful intentions`

Last Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:37

Washington: The reported missile test by
Iran undermines the country`s claims of peaceful intentions of
its nuclear programme, the United States said today warning
that time is running out for them.

"There is no doubt that given this environment,
missile tests do nothing but undermine Iranian claims. They`re
not productive," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said at
his daily news conference.

"Iranians still have the opportunity to live up to
their responsibilities. If they don`t, then time will run out,
and we will move to the next step," Gibbs said.

Meanwhile, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said
at a time when the international community has offered Iran
opportunities to begin to build trust and confidence, these
kinds of tests can only undermine Iran`s claims of peaceful
intentions.

"I think that these kinds of actions will only
increase the seriousness and resolve of the international
community in our efforts to hold Iran accountable for its
continued defiance of international obligations on its nuclear
programme," Kelly said at the daily State Department news
conference.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:37
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