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EC Secretary: Iran's missile defense program not negotiable

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 31, IRNA -- Expediency Council (EC) Secretary Mohsen Rezaei wrote on an Instagram post on Thursday that Iran's right for self-defense is not negotiable and said it will remain so in the future as well.

He said Iran's missiles are for deterrence purposes so if Iran lets go of them then the country will be subjected to attacks therefore everybody should understand that Iran will never consent to disarmament.

Rezaei pointed to three types of dialogue which has existed in international relations so far; saying that the first dialogue was built on cooperation like the one going on between Iran and China when they talking to revive the Silk Road; second, the dialogue which was conducted in a competitive atmosphere like the one between Iran and Turkey on the issue of Syria and the situation of President al-Assad, and the third type of talks which happened in a hostile atmosphere like the negotiations between Iran and the US on the issue of spies in the US embassy as well as the nuclear issue.

As for the first case, dialogue is based upon interaction, while in cases relating to the second type - like issue of Syria - people have to stand firm by their positions during negotiations but; at the third one, he said, because of enmity of the other side, the aim of talks is to repel the evil.

On the missile issue, Americans are seeking to disarm Iran so there could be no dialogue, the EC official said.

While in the first type of dialogue understanding and mutual benefit prevales, he said, in the second type adoption of careful stances together with effective interaction matters.

However, in regards with the US policies and the issue of strengthening of Iran's missile capabilities, self-defense would never be negotiable, he stressed.


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