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Tehran has right to develop missile program: Moscow

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA -- Moscow believes that the development of the Iranian missile program is Tehran's sovereign right, and all the issues arising in this regard should be resolved without pressure, especially military, at the negotiating table, A Russian official said.

'We have always supported resolving any problems that arise in interstate relations and in the dialogue on acute issues through negotiations and through relevant agreements,' Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik.on Wednesday.

The deputy foreign minister further stressed that the developments in the situation around Iran nuclear deal and other issues that American counterparts put in the context of this deal, as well as Iran's behavior, attracted Russia's close attention.

Speaking to Sputnik reporter, Ryabkov also revealed that the meeting of the five mediators and Iran at the level of foreign ministers will take place on the sidelines of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly at the end of September.

'The meeting of the participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – those who stayed in the agreement – will be held at the ministerial level,' the official stated.

The JCPOA stipulates the gradual removal of the West's sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nature of its nuclear program. However, US President Donald Trump announced in May the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and the reinstating of the first round of sanctions in August.


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