Iranian nuclear negotiator denies any talks about missile program
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: One of the members of the Iranian nuclear talks negotiating team has rejected claims of an MP about accepting to talk about Iran's missile program during the talks.
"Such claims are serious threats for the national security," the nuclear negotiator said on the condition of anonymity, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Dec. 13.
Earlier, MP Mahmoud Nabavian said the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has accepted to talk about Iran's missile program during the nuclear talks.
Nabavian has said that even the Supreme National Security Council is not aware of the content of nuclear negotiations.
Nabavian has said that the Geneva deal was not in favor of Iran, adding that the country has lost many of its interests as a result of the deal.
Last February, the US negotiator, Wendy Sherman, said Iran's ballistic capabilities should be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.
Iran's defense minister, Hossein Dehghan said the country will never accept any intervention from the western side on the issue.
Dehghan said "the westerners say that Iran may use its ballistic missiles to deliver nuclear warheads, but we repeatedly announced that weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran's defense doctrine."
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has thus far pursued the talks within the framework of the country's basics and will continue on same path.
Iran and the P5+1 group (the US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany) agreed to extend nuclear talks until July 1, 2015 after failing to meet the 24 Nov. deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
The sides also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed last November for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its west allies suspects Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear technology for electricity generation and medical purposes instead.