Iran denied on Tuesday that it was willing to negotiate over its ballistic missile program, contradicting the chief US diplomat and appearing to undercut President Donald Trump’s statement that Washington had made progress on its disputes with Tehran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran had signaled it was ready to negotiate about its ballistic missiles during a White House Cabinet meeting at which Trump said: “We’ll see what happens. But a lot of progress has been made.”

Pompeo appeared to be reacting to a comment by Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran would discuss its missile program after Washington stopped arming allies the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, something the United States is unlikely to do.

His assessment drew a quick denial from the spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, who posted on Twitter: “Iran’s missiles … are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country, period.”


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