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Iran’s missile program was never discussed as part of nuclear deal: Russian FM
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(147).jpgTEHRAN – Iran’s missile program was never discussed during the negotiations between Tehran and the six major powers that led to the interim nuclear pact, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
 
“The missile program of Iranians was never part of the discussion, and it was not part of the deal signed in Geneva last November,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russia Today (RT) television on Wednesday. 
 
Iran and the six major powers -- the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China -- struck an interim deal in November, under which Tehran agreed to scale down parts of its nuclear activities for a six-month period in return for the easing of some sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear program. They have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
 
“The deal was very blunt. But as the deal started to be implemented the Americans began to load it with new demands,” Lavrov said.
 
“Every time we sign a deal, the Americans start to put the blame for any delay on others or, even worse, they start to throw in new demands which absolutely contradict the reached consensus,” he added.
 
Iran says its missile program has no nuclear dimensions and is a “red line” to be discussed at the nuclear talks.
 
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