This article originated in VOA’s Persian Service. VOA Persian’s Katherine Ahn contributed from Washington.
President Donald Trump has responded to Iran's top diplomat raising the idea of talks about its missile program by saying Iran cannot test ballistic missiles that are seen by the U.S. as vehicles to carry nuclear bombs.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday at a White House Cabinet meeting, Trump said that in addition to his belief that Iran must not develop a nuclear weapon, "they can't be testing ballistic missiles, which right now under that agreement [the 2015 Iran nuclear deal] … they would be able to do."
A U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed Iran's 2015 deal with world powers "called upon" — rather than obligated — Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The nuclear deal offered Tehran relief from international sanctions in return for constraining a nuclear program that Western powers fear could be used to make bombs. Tehran has long said its nuclear ambitions are peaceful and its missiles are defensive in nature.
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