"Our country’s missile program is all in all defensive in nature and the Islamic Republic of Iran will never see the defense issues as negotiable and will not talk about them with any foreign party,” Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday.
"Therefore, Iran has never allowed and will never do in the future for the country’s defense and missile power be included in or come under discussion within the framework of Iran’s nuclear talks with the Group 5+1," he underlined.
He made the remarks in response to recent comments raised by US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who said Iran’s missile program will be discussed in nuclear negotiations.
She also said that the issue of "how to deal with the ballistic missile capabilities of delivering nuclear warheads has been discussed and will continue to be discussed as part of the negotiations.”
The issue was raised after Iran on Monday successfully launched and put the domestically-made Fajr (Dawn) satellite into orbit.