Iran denies Pompeo claim that it is ready to negotiate ballistic missile program
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran may be prepared to negotiate over its ballistic missile program, but was soon rebuked by the Islamic Republic, which vocally denied the claim, RT reports.
At a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Pompeo said that Tehran had signaled an interest in negotiations, though he gave no additional details.
The statement was soon met with an unequivocal denial from a spokesman for Iran’s UN mission, Alireza Miryousefi, who said the country’s missiles “are absolutely and under no condition negotiable,” adding that recent comments from Foreign Minister Javad Zarif do not indicate otherwise.
Zarif told NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview published on Monday that Iran would consider talks under the condition that Washington halts all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both US allies; however Miryousefi insisted the FM’s comment should not be interpreted as an offer for talks.