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Iran tests new ballistic missiles, saying they are not part of a deal to limit its nuclear work

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Iran tests new ballistic missiles, saying they are not part of a deal to limit its nuclear work

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Iran has test-fired two new domestically-made long-range missiles, according to the country’s defence minister.

The launch comes ahead of next week’s talks with six world powers to try to reach an agreement on curbing Tehran’s nuclear programme.

One of the missiles was said to have been a new generation ballistic weapon with radar-evading capabilities.

On Sunday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi rejected US calls for its ballistic missile programme to be included as part of the negotiated nuclear deal.

“Our talks with the six world powers are only about the nuclear issue. We will never engage in talks about other matters. We made it clear to them in the past, and we also made it clear for the upcoming talks,” he said.

Tehran has already agreed to limit parts of its nuclear work in an interim deal reached in November. It has also signalled to the UN’s atomic watchdog, the IAEA, that it will work to dispel suspicions that the programme has military intentions.