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Iran refute to confirm conducting missile test

  • FILE -- In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. At a joint news conference   Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 with his visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, refused to confirm that the country conducted a recent missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal between his country and world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

    FILE -- In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. At a joint news conference Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 with his visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, refused to confirm that the country conducted a recent missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal between his country and world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, shake hands for journalists prior to their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.  At a press conference following the meeting, Zarif refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers. The White House said Monday it is studying the details of an Iranian ballistic missile test. A U.S. defense official said Monday that the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, shake hands for journalists prior to their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. At a press conference following the meeting, Zarif refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers. The White House said Monday it is studying the details of an Iranian ballistic missile test. A U.S. defense official said Monday that the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pauses while listening to a translation of his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. At the press conference, Zarif refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers. The White House said Monday it is studying the details of an Iranian ballistic missile test. A U.S. defense official said Monday that the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pauses while listening to a translation of his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault during their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. At the press conference, Zarif refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers. The White House said Monday it is studying the details of an Iranian ballistic missile test. A U.S. defense official said Monday that the missile test ended with a "failed" re-entry into earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's foreign minister is refusing to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran's missile program is not part of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal between his country and world powers.

The White House said Monday it is studying the details of an Iranian ballistic missile test. Iran is the subject of a United Nations Security Council resolution prohibiting tests of ballistic missiles designed to deliver a nuclear warhead.

Speaking to a joint news conference Tuesday with visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, Zarif said: "The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal."

His remarks came after being asked if Iran has conducted a missile test recently.

Zarif reiterated Iran's traditional stance, saying the country's missiles are "not designed for the capability of carrying a nuclear warhead."