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News ID: 5745
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 17:37 - 15 December 2014
Tehran, YJC. Senior advisor to Leader of the Islamc Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei has rebuffed any negotiations over the country’s defensive missile capabilities.

"Iran’s issue of missiles is not up for any type of talks,” Ali Akbar Velayati spoke to reporters on Monday.

The senior Iranian statesman added that the issue of the country’s missile program would be no part of the upcoming nuclear talks with the six western powers in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Some Western officials, particularly of the United States, have called for Iran's missile program to be included in the country's nuclear talks with the sixtet - Russia, Britain, France, China, the US and Germany.

"Iran will do everything necessary for its defensive purposes,” Velayati, who also serves as Head of Strategic Research Center of the State Expediency Discernment Council, pointed out.

He noted that Iran’s missile program is designed for solely peaceful defensive goals.

"Deterrence is the most important feature of our missiles," he said, adding, "In order to strengthen its defense power, the country has no need to get permission from anybody.”

He made the remarks as senior officials from Iran and the P5+1 are planning to resume a new round of talks in Geneva on December 17.

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