Iran dismisses EU concern about missile tests as ‘non-constructive’

Iran dismissed on Tuesday the European Union’s unease about its missile program and rights abuses, calling it “non-constructive”, as Europe seeks to shield Iran from US sanctions while containing its regional policies.

The EU said on Monday it was gravely concerned by Iran’s ballistic missile tests and called on it to stop activity that deepened mistrust and destabilized the region.

The Iranian foreign ministry said Iran’s missile program was “defensive and deterrent” and Iran would never negotiate over it with other countries.

“Clear threats against the Islamic Republic is not constructive, efficient and helpful, and it is not in line with regional security and real interests of Europe,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement published by the Tasnim news agency.

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