France in No Position to Dictate Iran's Defence Policy

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Ali Akbar Velayati, a top foreign policy adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said on Saturday that Iran's defense program has nothing to do with any other country including France.

The Trump administration has panned the nuclear deal - signed by the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran - for not addressing what it says are Tehran's "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East, including missile testing and support for terrorist groups.

Tehran denies this and accuses the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of fomenting tensions in the Middle East.

He made the remarks touching upon the news about a meeting between Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his former American counterpart john Kerry in the last week on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

"In Munich we laid out what was expected from them in Yemen".

However, Tehran says the nuclear deal hasn't fully benefited Iran due to the United States approach to the nuclear pact. "It's our right to decide how we should defend ourselves, either by missiles or other defensive weapons", ISNA quoted him as saying in a Farsi report.

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The talks with the Europeans come after the most serious confrontation yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces in Syria last month.

A senior European diplomat told Reuters that the aim is to discuss the role of pro-Iranian militias in southern Lebanon and Syria in their next round of meetings.

"In public they (Iranians) say of course they do not want to accept this". "But we believe there are grounds for progress".

The State Department has instructed its negotiators that any agreement must address Iran's ballistic-missile program and inspector access to Iranian military sites, extending the date when key provisions of the agreement expire, according to The New York Times.

The visit is taking place as concerns over the fate of Iran nuclear deal are growing. We need to see progress on these issues.