France warns of sanctions - Iran denies link to Bahrain cell
07 March, 2018, 11:52 | Author: Kim Reid
However, the historic agreement did not touch upon missile development, and efforts by the United States and its European allies to use the deal to force greater concessions from Tehran have greatly frustrated Iran.
Le Drian's team has made it clear to Tehran that he is no "emissary of Donald Trump", and wants to preserve the nuclear deal.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says if the nuclear agreement breaks down, it will be a matter of regret for all the parties to the deal, but the Islamic Republic is ready for any possible conditions.
Before arriving in Tehran the French foreign minister had promised to have tough talk on Iran's missile program with Iranian officials, but faced harsh criticism on behalf of Iranians including Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The deal took effect in January 2016.
Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.
"As of today, I can state that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments..."
"If the worldwide community is to try to convince one side to stay in the nuclear deal, it is Iran and not the U.S., which should be convinced", the top Iranian diplomat said, adding that Washington has not only failed to fully comply with its obligations, but even barred Europe from fulfilling its own commitments.
From his first meeting with a military uniform-clad official, Jean-Yves Le Drian's one-day trip highlighted the challenge Paris faces in challenging Iran while at the same time trying to keep the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers intact.
"It is the Islamic republic who would decide on the type of missile it can possess", Velayati said.
He emphasized that Iran's military prowess is strictly for defensive and deterrent purposes, saying the country must only rely on its own deterrent power to defend its citizens.
Iran's ballistic missile capacity and position "worries us enormously", Le Drian said last week at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"It's indispensable for the security of the region and so we need a mechanism of sanctions and control adapted to that", Macron said.
France and Le Drian should continue to press for restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional meddling.
"Explaining the reason behind this action, Javan continued, "[He] wanted to convey the reality to the French foreign minister that the view of [Iranian] officials and people concerning national interests is the same and that the Islamic Republic is not willing to hand over its rights".
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