0432 GMT October 20, 2019
“These activities are normal work all over the world,” Hatami said on Wednesday, referring to the activities of Iran’s Armed Forces, Press TV reported.
“If certain parties do some kind of media maneuver [to portray things otherwise], it is because they are pursuing specific objectives of their own. Our Armed Forces, though, carry out their activities, including missile tests, entirely regularly,” the Iranian defense minister said.
He said research work was being planned and executed regularly as well.
Some parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have attempted to include Iran’s missile program in multilateral talks with Tehran in what they say could be a potential expansion of regular negotiations over the Iran deal.
Tehran has said its missile program is non-negotiable.
On Friday, CNN said Iran had test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile.
Iran neither denied nor confirmed the test.
The Iranian defense minister also spoke about reports pointing to potential joint military exercises between Iran and Russia.
“Nothing has been arranged in this regard yet, but Russia is our friend,” he said briefly.
Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told IRNA on Monday that Iran and Russia plan to hold military drill in the Persian Gulf in the near future.
Khanzadi added that the coordination meetings for the military exercise will begin soon.