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How’s those talks going?

Actually, it’s the weak-in-the-knees West that’s complicating the Iranian nuclear issue, they’re talking when they should be violently reducing their military establishments /nuclear weapons facilities to rubble, with promises of returning if they ever try anything of the sort again.

Confidential UN report: Iran’s ballistic missile work complicating nuclear talks

LAST UPDATED: 05/16/2014 09:04

As the talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna resume, the US has brought up the missile development issue; Russia says that Iran’s missiles are not on the nuclear talks agenda.

Handout picture shows Iranian supersonic ballistic missile [file]

Handout picture shows Iranian supersonic ballistic missile [file]Photo: REUTERS/Fars News/Handout

VIENNA – Despite apparently reducing illicit purchases that breach UN sanctions, Iran is pursuing development of ballistic missiles, a confidential UN report says, posing an acute challenge to six powers negotiating with Tehran to rein in its nuclear program.

On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described as “stupid and idiotic” Western expectations for his country to curb its missile development. He decreed mass production of ballistic weapons, striking a defiant tone just before nuclear talks resumed on Wednesday in Vienna.

The high-stakes negotiations aim for a deal by a July 20 deadline to end a long stand-off that has raised the risk of a wider Middle East war.

Tehran’s often repeated view that missiles should not be part of the nuclear talks appears to enjoy the support of Russia, one of the six global powers.

But a senior US official made clear this week that Tehran’s ballistic capabilities must be addressed in the negotiations since UN Security Council resolutions on Iran “among many other things, do say that any missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon must be dealt with.”

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