Iran’s ballistic missile program is “non-negotiable,” a top Tehran regime official reiterated on Monday.
Referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has called for talks with the Islamic Republic on the ballistic missile issue, Bahram Qassemi — spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry — said, according to the semi-official state news agency Fars, “She and her advisers should be aware that the nuclear deal and Iran’s missile program are two separate issues and are not related.”
In his remarks to reporters in the Iranian capital, Qassemi also urged European powers to speed up efforts to salvage the July 2015 nuclear deal that the US pulled out of in May.
“Europeans and other signatories of the deal have been trying to save the deal … but the process has been slow,” he said. “It should be accelerated.”