No missile talks until West gives up its N-weapons: Iran
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 0:11
Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff said on Saturday that Tehran will not discuss its missile program with the West until the U.S. and others dismantle their nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
Earlier this year, Trump imposed a May deadline for US and European negotiators to reach a new agreement that covers Iranian activity outside the scope of the original deal.
"Japan has a special significance and status for the Islamic Republic of Iran", highlighted the Iranian official who also chairs the Azad University's board of trustees.
Le Drian plans to pay a visit to Iran on Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian authorities.
Pushed by the U.S., Europe has stepped up its pressure on Iran to start negotiations on the country's developing missile program.
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Iran says its missile program is defensive, and that it is not related to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which led to the lifting of sanctions against the country.
Recently, the United Kingdom drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning Iran for violating the arms embargo on Yemen and calling for measures to address this alleged violation.
Iran won't negotiate over its ballistic missile development until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons arsenals, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday.
"What Americans say out of desperation with regards to limiting the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile capabilities is an unattainable dream resulting from their regional failures and defeats", Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said.
A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran on September 27, 2017.