Iran's missile programme 'not a threat' to any country

Iran's missile programme 'not a threat' to any country

This is the third time that a high-ranking French official visits Iran after the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday dismissed Le Drian's concerns, stressing that Tehran will "continue its defense policies independently".

On Saturday, Brigadier General Jazayeri had said that the Islamic Republic's prerequisite for talks on its missile program is for the USA and certain European states to destroy their long-range missiles and nuclear weapons.

France, the United States and the United Nations say Iran supplies ballistic missile technology to Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have fired the weapons into Saudi Arabia.

Le Drian had been scheduled to visit Tehran earlier but postponed his trip after protests across Iran in late December and early January that saw at least 21 people killed.

"There are programs for missiles that can travel several thousand kilometers, which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and which exceed the needs of defending Iran's borders", Le Drian told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

"The Iranian authorities told me of their heavy concerns on the humanitarian situation in Syria and their desire to see an end to this catastrophe", Le Drian told reporters.

Besides, Europe should not allow the United States to pose "illogical and illegal" demands concerning Iran's nuclear deal, Zarif said.

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The ministry said it wanted Iran to contribute in a "positive" manner to solving crises in the Middle East.

Iran has refused any re-negotiation or additional clauses, arguing that the U.S. has already failed to keep up its end of the bargain on the existing accord.

He official said that those machines could be brought back into full service if the 2015 nuclear deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - were to collapse.

Kamalvandi, reiterating Tehran's official stance, said the nuclear deal is not re-negotiable.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran's compliance with its obligation, has verified Iran's compliance with the deal in 10 reports. The United States and the Europeans (.), particularly in the banking sector, therefore they are not in a position to set conditions to the country that has fully implemented its commitments, Zarif said.

Iranian university students gathered at Tehran's global Mehrabad airport at on Sunday night to protest Le Drian's visit and his remarks against the country's missile program, calling on Tehran to continue progress "in defense fields".

Despite their differences, Iran has broadly welcomed France's efforts to re-engage with the country.

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