Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General (Excerpts)

December 15, 2017

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

The following is a near‑verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary‑General.


Questions and Answers

Question:  Farhan, I have a quick question about the target analysis about the missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia.  Could you give me an update?  And, also, when do you expect the final findings to be released?

Deputy Spokesman:  The Secretary‑General, as you know, every six months, provides a report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), which includes some details on various aspects of activities concerning Iran.  And, as part of that, the current report does have its analysis of the weapons… the missiles that were fired towards Saudi Arabia emanating from Yemen.  It… the paragraph in the report, which you'll be able to read, I think, hopefully later today; it will be out as a document either later today or tomorrow, does say that there's no conclusive evidence about the provenance of those missiles, but you can read the report for yourself.

Question:  But when will you have conclusive evidence?

Deputy Spokesman:  That depends on the work of the experts.  But I would leave it at the language in the report, which, like I said, should be out as a document probably later today.

Question:  But is there a deadline?

Deputy Spokesman:  There's periodic updates on the work of the panel, but the experts will continue to look into this issue.


Question:  Farhan, given the Secretary‑General's recent report about Iran, has the Secretary‑General's view about the nuclear deal changed?

Deputy Spokesman:  No, not in the least.  As his reports made clear and as the Secretary‑General has made clear in his other comments, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a diplomatic achievement whose accomplishments need to be preserved.

Question:  But the ballistic violation of transfer of weapon, especially the ballistic programme, that's a concern for…

Deputy Spokesman:  What… in terms of concerns we have, we want to make sure that all parties, Iran and the other parties, all abide by their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.