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Iran dismisses US talk of 'arrangement' on missiles

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 9, 2016. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a brief stop Saturday in Afghanistan would help promote cooperation from a would-be "unity" government that has proved largely incapable of running the country less than two years after he worked to install the leadership team. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 9, 2016. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a brief stop Saturday in Afghanistan would help promote cooperation from a would-be "unity" government that has proved largely incapable of running the country less than two years after he worked to install the leadership team. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

Iran has dismissed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent talk of a "new arrangement" involving Tehran's ballistic missiles, calling the idea "nonsense."

Kerry said during a visit to the Gulf earlier this week that the U.S. and its allies were "prepared to work on a new arrangement to find a peaceful solution" to the dispute over recent Iranian missile tests.

But on Saturday Iranian state TV quoted Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan as saying Kerry should instead focus on problems raised by the presence of U.S. forces in the region and past military interventions.

Kerry played a key role in the negotiations between Iran and world powers that led to last year's landmark nuclear agreement.