TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Iran’s ballistic missile program is not up for negotiation, top Iranian officials have restated, criticizing next week's US diplomatic mission to Europe with a mandate to revise and “fix” the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.
On Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the US is dispatching a diplomatic team to Europe to iron out “flaws in the nuclear agreement” signed by Iran and the so-called P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US) + Germany.
Britain, France and Germany have reportedly already begun talks on a strategy to address Iran’s ballistic missile program while preserving the 2015 accord. Tehran is concerned the Europeans might cave in to Washington’s desire to rework the deal.
“Some of them [European signatories of the nuclear deal] think that if they make concessions to Trump on issues other than the nuclear deal, they can make him remain committed to the nuclear deal,” said Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs. “This is a fully wrong policy and will certainly have a reverse outcome and we have clearly said this to Europe too.”