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

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

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

The Iranian official called for the acceleration of implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Pointing to the "very bright prospect" for Tehran-Paris political and economic ties in the post-JCPOA era, Le Drian said new plans for stimulating monetary and banking interaction between France and Iran would be made public soon.

A US exit could kill the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Tehran has refused to renegotiate.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Tehran, Iran, on Monday to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal and assure the Iranians that unlike the US, Europe is still on board to salvage it.

Iran insists its ballistic missile program is for purely defensive purposes, and has denied accusations by the U.S., France and the United Nations of supplying missile technology to Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have fired ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

Le Drian arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials on mutual ties as well as regional and worldwide issues.

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Amano said the accord "represents a significant gain for verification" and that if it "were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism". According to its official BNA news agency, the cell was accused of receiving training in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

Jean-Yves Le Drian will tell Iran it must address the West's misgivings about its ballistic missile program and military activities around the Middle East - points the White House says need attention if the nuclear pact is to survive.

Le Drian is to hold meetings with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Zarif on March 5 slammed the European Union for "extremism" in its relationship to Tehran in an interview published ahead of his meeting with Le Drian.

Zarif warned that "any action to satisfy the party that has most violated the nuclear agreement is useless".

Le Drian faced immediate pushback over French concerns about Iran's ballistic missiles, starting with Iranian students waving signs at Iran's Mehrabad International Airport protesting his comments.

The New Yorker magazine earlier reported that Kerry had urged Tehran not to abandon a 2015 nuclear deal, despite tensions with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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