Iran will not discuss missile program, defense minister says
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Iran will not discuss missile program, defense minister says

Hossein Dehghan dismisses US negotiator's claim that ballistic capability to be debated in nuclear talks

An Iranian Shahab-3 missile launched during military exercises outside the city of Qom, Iran, in June 2011. (AP/ISNA/Ruhollah Vahdati)
An Iranian Shahab-3 missile launched during military exercises outside the city of Qom, Iran, in June 2011. (AP/ISNA/Ruhollah Vahdati)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s defense minister says Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

General Hossein Dehghan’s remarks rebuffed recent comments by the US State Department’s nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman, who said Iran’s ballistic capabilities should be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.

The semiofficial Fars news agency on Wednesday quoted Dehghan as saying Iran’s missile program has “nothing to do” with the nuclear negotiations.

Ballistic missiles can be used to deliver nuclear warheads. Iran insists its missile program has no nuclear dimensions.

Iran and the six world powers are currently negotiating a final deal that would remove all possibilities that the Islamic Republic could use its capabilities to build a nuclear weapon.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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