(Persia Digest) - Iran said on Monday it cannot confirm holding secret talks with France over Tehran’s disputed ballistic missile program as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had said on Friday.

Reuters reports that Le Drian said that France was ready to impose further sanctions on Iran if no progress was made in talks over its ballistic missile program.

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“I cannot confirm it ... Our missile program is a defensive program that we only discuss inside the country,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a weekly news conference, broadcast live on state TV.

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