Iranian FM: Missile Program Is Not Negotiable

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the IAEA verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna, Jan. 16. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Iran’s foreign minister is saying the country’s missile program is not up for negotiation with the United States.

The missile program and “defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran” are not negotiable, said Mohammad Javad Zarif Sunday, after meeting with his Estonian counterpart, Marina Kaljurand. He added that if Washington was “serious about defensive issues” in the Middle East, it would stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the U.S. and its regional allies were “prepared to work on a new arrangement to find a peaceful solution” to the dispute over recent Iranian missile tests.