Iran rebuffs French Foreign Minister's demands to curb missiles on Tehran visit

Iran rebuffs French Foreign Minister's demands to curb missiles on Tehran visit

Iran rebuffs French Foreign Minister's demands to curb missiles on Tehran visit

In his meeting with Foreign Minister Le Drian, Zarif also said Iran's military power is for deterrence.

On May 12, Donald Trump is expected to decide whether to continue waiving sanctions under a USA law.

In a statement on January 12, U.S. President Donald Trump gave Europeans only 120 days to agree to an overhaul of the nuclear agreement and said if the text of the nuclear deal is not revised he would unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.

"It would be a point of regret for everyone" if the deal is not honored, Rouhani said, adding that his country is "ready to deal with any situation that is not agreeable to Iran".

"The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe", Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

Hardline media reacted angrily to Le Drian's remarks with headlines like "Rude guest" and "Weapons of mass seduction lands in Tehran" while highlighting Iran's determination to go ahead with its missile program.

Rohani, Zarif, and Le Drian will discuss "bilateral, regional, and worldwide issues", including the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers under which Tehran has significantly limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

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France's foreign minister was in Iran on Monday to reaffirm Europe's commitment to a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major powers, but also to echo concerns raised by US President Donald Trump who has threatened to quit the accord.

France has been quick to restore trade ties.

As mentioned in the report, the IAEA has requested clarification from Iran about its plans to develop nuclear marine propulsion, Amano said, suggesting the IAEA has still not heard back from the Islamic Republic.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday asked Rouhani to put pressure on the Syrian government to end its operations against terrorist-held eastern Ghouta region on Damascus suburbs.

Le Drian was in Tehran on a delicate mission to reaffirm Europe's support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran's economy while echoing USA concern about Tehran's missile programme and role in regional conflicts.

Zarif also said Iran's missile program is not included in the JCPOA and the UN Security Council resolution 2231 which confirmed the JCPOA.

Netanyahu's central argument is that if the USA were to put in place new sanctions against Iran, countries throughout the world would be forced to choose between access to the Iranian economy, with its GDP of approximately $500 billion, and the American economy, with its GDP of almost $20 trillion.

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