Iran hard-liners say Rouhani halted missile drill

Tehran, Iran (AP) - Hard-line Iranian lawmakers are accusing President Hassan Rouhani of halting a scheduled missile exercise, the state news agency said Sunday.

IRNA reported that 24 members of parliament said in a statement that the Supreme National Security Council, headed by the president, stopped the annual test and did not approve its budget.

In a separate letter, the lawmakers accused Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of preventing foreign experts to assist Iran with its missile technology, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. It did not elaborate.

Western officials in the past have accused Iran of obtaining missile technology from North Korea. Iran denies the charge.

There was no immediate reaction from Rouhani's administration to the accusation.

Hard-liners are at odds with Rouhani and Zarif over their policy of outreach to the West.


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