Iran not to negotiate missile program unless US, Europe destroy nukes


Iran can not remain indifferent to moves aimed at equipping neighboring countries with arms on a daily basis, he added, emphasizing that Iran is a "big and the most important country in the region".

"There are ballistic programmes of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometres which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran's borders", Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

French foreign minister is scheduled to visit Iran next Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Iran's defence programme is not the business of any country including France, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said here on Saturday.

However, US President Donald Trump is making constant efforts to link Iran's missile program to the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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The White House is looking for a deal that beefs up global nuclear inspections and includes punitive measures for Iran's ballistic missile tests and involvement in regional conflicts.

Velayati noted that the French foreign minister should avoid adopting negative position against Iran if he seeks expansion of relations between Tehran and Paris.

Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday, keeping up the Islamic republic's tough stance on the issue.

"The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe, Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri said, according to a Reuters report of an Iranian state media broadcast".