“Of course, no such issue has been raised in the negotiations (between Iran and the Group 5+1 - the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) so far,” Rezayee told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
“Issues related to the missile program are surely among our redlines in the negotiations,” he added.
Addressing a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on the nuclear deal with Iran, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman promised that Iran’s ballistic missile work would be addressed at a later time in a final agreement. “We see this as a first step,” she said. “We don’t consider the gaps that exist loopholes because this is not a final agreement. This is a first step.”
In response, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also a senior negotiator in the talks with the six world powers, stressed, “The defence-related issues are a red line for Iran."
“We will not allow such issues to be discussed in future talks,” he said.