Iranian Foreign Ministry rejects Macron's call for missile talks

French president Emmanuel Macron left greets Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the Millenium Hotel in New York

US President Donald Trump has railed against the multiparty pact, negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, for being too lenient on Iran and failing to deny it leeway to develop its missile program and expand its regional influence, issues that all the parties to the deal agreed to exclude from the nuclear negotiations and the pact.

"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [that]", he said in a press conference in Dubai, the UAE, on Thursday. Previously, Paris voiced its commitment to the agreement, favoring new nuclear negotiations after 2025, when some of the provisions expire.

"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".

Qassemi warned France against making "false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran", adding that the allegations were concocted by a few Gulf states in an attempt to tarnish Tehran's image in the world.




As many astute pundits have pointed out, it's now "blame Iran time" according to the official Saudi (and allies) narrative of events in order to set the stage for public support for potential military action against Iran.

"The French president perfectly knows that making such claims against the Islamic Republic of Iran fits no reality of the past decades' realities in the Middle East", highlighted the Iranian diplomat. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

The French leader alleged that it was "obviously is an Iranian missile", which "shows precisely the strength of their program". The move faced a serious backlash back then, including from France, which stated it would stick to the deal. Following Trump's move, President Hassan Rouhani stated that Iran "will produce any weapons of any kind that we need and stockpile it and use it at any time to defend ourselves", which in his eyes does not violate any global agreements.

Iran says its missile program is defensive and it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles.

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