Left: Iranian special forces in maneuvers, courtesy of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
(Tehran) Iranian officials indicated that Iran would not stop enriching uranium, rejecting the primary goal behind a package of incentives proposed by six western nations.
Speaking after the test-firing of 10 short-range Saeqeh missiles in the Kashan desert southeast of Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said that a nuclear compromise would have to be reached during future negotiations.
"We are not going to suspend [uranium enrichment]. The issue was that everything should come out of negotiations,” he said. “Suspension is not on our agenda.”
The five-week exercise, named 'The Blow of Zolfaqar', is being currently conducted in the southeastern province of Sistan Balochistan, and will also be staged in 14 of Iran's 30 provinces. Zolfaqar was the sword of Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Saeqeh missile has an estimated range of 50-150 miles, and is not believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The Farsi word saeqeh roughly translates as "thunderbolt."