Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue

Marie Harrington
November 13, 2017

The French head of state has made efforts to preserve the deal, telling Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, last month, that France remained committed to the deal while stressing the need for dialogue.

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had 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".

Macron, on Thursday, expressed concern about the program following allegations by Saudi Arabia that they recently intercepted a missile fired from Yemen.

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The Yemeni army on November 5 confirmed that it had targeted Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh with a long-range Borkan H2 ballistic missile. "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". The Iraqi parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission spokesman, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, called Macron's remarks "an example of intervention in the internal affairs of Iran".

Paris is a signatory to the Iran nuclear deal, which was also signed by five other major powers, namely the US, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany, to roll back Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing the worldwide sanctions.

The United States Congress now has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

The Saudis are in full support of President Trump's decision not to certify Iran as in compliance with Obama's treacherous "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 worldwide agreements. The diplomat stressed that the country's missile program is designed for its defense and has no relation to a nuclear agreement with the world powers.

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