Bagheri: No country has the right to comment on Iran's defense capabilities

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Publish Date: 15:50 - 30 October 2021
Saturday, 30 October 2021 (YJC)_ Asked about US efforts to tie Iran's missile program to the nuclear talks, the deputy foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed that no country has the right to comment on Iran's defense capabilities.

Bagheri: No country has the right to comment on Iran's defense capabilitiesIn an interview with Russia Today, Ali Bagheri, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addressed various issues, including the nuclear deal.

Moderator: Why is Iran moving towards negotiations through the European Coordinator? The Americans have repeatedly said that the Iranian side should receive the answers to all its questions directly from the United States and not through the European coordinator. What is your answer to this question?

In response, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said:
I would like to emphasize that the purpose of the negotiations is to lift the illegal and oppressive sanctions; Sanctions beyond the US regime. The second issue is the conversation I started with Mr. Mora in the last two weeks. Mr. Mora is the joint coordinator of the nuclear deal and is responsible for coordinating the P4 + 1 to negotiate with Iran. I met with him in Tehran and Brussels in order to prepare the ground for future negotiations with the aim of lifting these illegal and ruthless sanctions. In these meetings, we discussed the terms, requirements and conditions for a successful negotiation, and this can lead to agreements that lead to practical results.

Moderator: As you stated earlier, why are not the right conditions for the US to return to the nuclear deal? Are there any practical obstacles to the US returning to negotiations and fulfilling the obligations of the agreement?

Ali Bagheri stated:
Of course, we agreed with Mr. Mora that the next round of talks would begin in November; But more important is what the other parties will offer. What will the other side offer to lift the sanctions, so there must be a strong will to accept the decision to lift the sanctions, so if the decision to lift the sanctions is finally accepted, we will practically make progress in future negotiations. The main issue here is not the timing of the negotiations, but what the other side is offering to lift the sanctions.

Moderator: The United States links the issue of dialogue with Iran to its role in the region, including its ballistic missile program. What is Iran's position on this issue?

The Political Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated:
Each country's defense capability is related to that country, and each country behaves in accordance with its national interests and within the framework of capabilities, to defend its security and create appropriate deterrent power. This country can and must obtain the necessary equipment for this. In line with this policy, the Islamic Republic of Iran equips itself defensively to maintain its national security as well as its national interests. No other country has the right to talk about the capabilities and things that another country has to defend its national interests.

Moderator: As I understand it, do you reject tying Iran's missile program to any negotiations?

Bagheri emphasized:
Certainly. Iran's defense capability is a national decision of Iran and is related to Iran's national interests and security, so no country has the right to speak or comment on this.

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