Leader’s Top Aide: Iran not to negotiate missile program

FNA- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati reiterated his country’s opposition to holding talks on its missile and defense programs.

“Iran by itself decides to what extent to take advantage of its legitimate rights, including defense rights,” Velayati told reporters.

He underlined that there is no link between the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Iran’s missile might.

In relevant remarks earlier on Saturday, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami reiterated Iran’s firm opposition to talks with the foreign states on its defense and missile power.

“Missile is no issue for our negotiations with any power. The nuclear deal is not related to the missile power at all; missiles are rather a part of our defense power and we will never hold talks about it,” General Salami told reporters in Tehran.

“The Europeans should know that the nuclear deal is not related to the development of missile power, and our determination to develop our defense power is more independent than any other power,” he added.

His remarks came after the IRGC in a statement on Friday reiterated its firm stance against enemies’ plots to access and weaken Iran’s defense and missile power.

“The chain of failures of the US and the Zionist regime and their European and regional allies on the scene of proxy wars and Takfiri terrorism … reminds this undeniable reality that the Islamic Republic of Iran as the first and undisputed power in West Asia will never be intimidated by the multiplied and extensive seditions of the western wolves and devils, will defend the country’s independence in all fields and will not allow the enemies to approach the gates of its defensive might and deterrent missile power and weaken its security and national defense shield,” the statement said on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran on February 11, 1979.

It also underlined the Islamic Revolution’s progress and move towards its great causes despite enemies’ different plots and hostilities, adding that the enemies will witness the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with wide-open eyes.