Iran foreign minister criticises EU 'extremism' towards Tehran

Iran foreign minister criticises EU 'extremism' towards Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (4th L) and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian (3rd R), meet in Tehran on March 5, 2018. The deal took effect in January 2016.

Iran must negotiate over its missile program or risk new sanctions, France has warned.

"As of today, I can state that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments..."

Abolghassem Delfi, Iran's ambassador to France, has said that Tehran and Paris ties have been on a positive trend since the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the JCPOA unless Congress and America's European allies help "fix" it with a follow-up agreement within a 120-day deadline.

'The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe, ' Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

Ahead of his visit, Le Drian had said that Iran should address "concerns" over its ballistic missile program or risk new sanctions.

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France and Le Drian should continue to press for restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional meddling. "Iranian officials must have transferred the Islamic Republic of Iran's viewpoints to him and he must have realized that he would not achieve anything against Iranians' interests". Some reports say Iran's role in the region, the country's missile program, and saving nuclear deal from Donald Trump threats were on the agenda.

Ali Shamkani, a senior official of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told France's Le Drian during their meeting in Tehran on Monday the country's missile programme is an "inevitable necessity" and part of its deterrence policy.

The French foreign minister, for his part, said his country is strongly determined to implement the JCPOA and has carried out many practical measures in this regard.

But American sanctions against Iran remain, hindering foreign companies outside of the USA from doing business with Tehran.

In 2017, France was Iran's second biggest trade partner in the European Union.

"Now they ask Iran to enter discussions on other issues".

Javan emphasized, "The Europeans have been affected by the psychological maneuvering of [Donald] Trump to pressure the Islamic Republic to hold talks for a complementary JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and this issue led Shamkhani to tell the French foreign minister explicitly that 'Europe's policy of giving concessions to the USA to keep it within the JCPOA is incorrect and means passivity and surrendering to the psychological games of Trump'".

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