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Our Defence Affairs Are Not Negotiable: Iran FM to Macron

13 November 2017
Our Defence Affairs Are Not Negotiable: Iran FM to Macron

The Iranian statement came after the French President during a visit to Dubai said that he is very concerned over Iran's ballistic missile program and stressed the need to start negotiations on it. He raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

"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".

"France is expected not to be influenced by the wrong assertions and claims of some Persian Gulf [Arab] states against the Islamic Republic of Iran and be realistic and fair and show foresight when considering the developments in the critical region of Middle East", he said.

Iran vehemently denies Saudi and western accusations that it is shipping arms to Houthis. The missile had been fired by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the impoverished country against a deadly Saudi-led invasion since March 2015. While Iran denies allegations it provides weapons to the rebels, Macron said the missile was "obviously" Iranian, echoing United States claims. "So we should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region", he said, adding that Iran's role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen "destabilizes a lot of people and the whole region".

Tehran says it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles and the missile programme is for defence purposes.

The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, also responded to the French President. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions. The move faced a serious backlash back then, including from France, which stated it would stick to the deal.

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.

He said the ballistic missiles are defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers.