Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue

Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue
Lillian Steele | 13 November, 2017, 02:05

France is "fully aware of our country's intangible position concerning the issue of Iran's defensive affairs, which are not negotiable", he added.

After French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Tehran for the launch of the missile that targeted Riyadh earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned Paris against making "false accusations against the Islamic Republic." .

Trump announced last month that he will no longer certify Iran's compliance, despite the United Nations nuclear agency's reports verifying Iran's full commitment.

The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a UN resolution that calls on Tehran to halt activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

His decision threw the fate of the agreement into the hands of the US Congress that has until mid-December to decide whether to reinstate sanctions.

The president proposed revising the Iran nuclear deal of 2015, saying it "must be preserved", but "complemented with two pillars", which would include "a negotiation on the ballistic activity of Iran, with sanctions if necessary, " and a discussion on "restraining Iranian hegemony in the region".

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it".

While aligning with Tehran and other European signatories in opposing Trump's demand for a renegotiation of the deal, France's Macron has talked of a need to engage in talks with Iran to push its missile activities into a restrictive framework.

Iran denies the allegations and says its missiles are needed for self-defense and that its nuclear program has purely peaceful aims. "There is no direct link between nuclear and ballistic programs of Iran in the text [of the agreement]", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in October.

Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic-missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons.

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