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Iran to talk on missile programme if Europe, US destroy nukes

05 March 2018

Jazayeri said U.S. criticism of Iran's missile programme was driven by "their failures and defeats in the region".

Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticised Le Drian´s position on Saturday, just two days before they are expected to meet.

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".

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European governments have been scrambling to appease Trump and keep the deal intact, and have voiced increasing concern over Iran´s missile programme.

France, along with other European powers, Germany and Britain, has for a while been requesting Iran to stop developing ballistic missiles. "It is the Islamic republic who would decide on the type of missile it can possess", Velayati said.

Iran says its missile programme is defensive because of its deterrent nature, 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.

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President Donald Trump understands the threats facing America and its allies in this century and is determined to protect the homeland and preserve peace through strength.

The US has repeatedly claimed that Iran's missile program is in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the JCPOA.

Thus, I suggest that Washington end its long-range ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs so that the attitude of people in Iran and elsewhere towards the USA shifts towards trust and potential accord.

"What Americans say out of desperation with regards to limiting the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile capability is an unattainable dream", said Masoud Jazayeri, Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff. He also blasted Iran's Missile program, saying that Tehran had been put "on notice" for testing ballistic missiles.

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Iran to talk on missile programme if Europe, US destroy nukes