No need for concern over Iran's missiles: Pres. Rouhani

No need for concern over Iran's missiles: Pres. Rouhani

This one-day trip is also seen as evidence of the balancing act that France and other European nations find themselves in, following Donald Trump's promise to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal if major flaws aren't fixed.

"There are ballistic programs of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometers which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran's borders", Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that a "mechanism of sanctions and control" should be developed to "monitor" Iran's ballistic missile program.

Le Drian should avoid adopting any negative position against Iran if Paris seeks to bolster relations with Tehran, said Velayati.

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Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, also said Europe should compel the USA to abide by the deal, "rather than trying to appease" Washington.

For his part, Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that Iran's actions in connection with defensive power is not pending on the call of the Zionist regime and the European Union and there is no topic for discussion on the table.

But American sanctions against Iran remain, hindering foreign companies outside of the USA from doing business with Tehran.

Iran's defense program is not the business of any country including France, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said here on Saturday.

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Velayati said on Tuesday "the French foreign minister visited Tehran upon an invitation from his Iranian counterpart".

Iran has insisted all parties must first adhere to the current agreement before it would consider talking about other issues outside of the nuclear pact.

In December, Iran claimed that United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley "fabricated" her announcement that the charred remains of a short-range ballistic missile discovered in Yemen, which was prominently displayed behind her during her speech, originated in Iran.

"Iran is not a threat to anyone. Therefore, no one should be concerned about Iran's weapons, missiles or strengthening of its defense might", Rouhani stressed.

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