Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Abbas Araqchi, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, said on Tuesday that Iran's missile program has totally defensive nature and is not negotiable. Araqchi's remarks came as a response to U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki who said on Monday that Iran's missile issue has been discussed and will continue to be discussed as part of the negotiations.
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The deputy foreign minister went on to say that the launch of Fajr satellite into orbit is in line with the country's long term approach in boosting communicative infrastructure.
Iran on Monday sent its fourth domestically manufactured satellite, Fajr (Dawn), into orbit to mark the second day of the national ceremonies marking the 36th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
He also pointed to scientific and economic nature of the launch, saying the satellite was designed and manufactured for peaceful purposes.
Araqchi added that Iran's defensive power and missile program have not been discussed in the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (Russia, China, the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany) and the issue will not be negotiated in the talks.
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