UPDATED 7:35 AM PT – Thursday, June 17, 2021
Foreign ministers from a group of Arab nations are calling for Iran’s ballistic missile program to be included in ongoing nuclear talks.
During a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh on Wednesday, the diplomats agreed Iran must be barred from developing high-precision ballistic missiles in exchange for economic concessions. The Arab nations also said they should be included in the talks as well.
This comes as Joe Biden is leading indirect talks to revive the failed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and European nations. The Gulf Council added, any deal with Iran must be fully verifiable.
“The Ministerial Council stressed the need for the joint committee’s negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file currently in Vienna or any other negotiations with Iran to address Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region,” stated Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council. “And its sponsorship of terrorism, sectarian militias and the Iranian missile program, including ballistic and cruise missiles and drones in one basket.”
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have reiterated demands that #Iran missile program to be part of the nuclear talks, and that they should also participate in multi-lateral negotiations.https://t.co/D8sXcEIVWI pic.twitter.com/XHG4ZgqSX3
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) June 17, 2021
The Gulf nations also called on Iran to avoid violating United Nations resolutions and take unilateral steps to reduce violence as well as hostilities across the Middle East.