French FM Visits Iran to Talk Ballistic Missiles and Syria

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"Europe must put the USA under pressure to implement its commitments and not allow the U.S. to make illogical and unlawful demands despite its lack of commitment and violations [of its commitments]", Zarif said in a meeting with France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tehran on Monday.

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.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's trip to Iran has seemingly failed to produce the results likely expected by President Emmanuel Macron.

Under the deal signed in Vienna between Iran and six world powers - the US, Russia, Germany, France, Britain and China, as well as the European Union - Tehran scaled back the country's uranium enrichment programme.

"As of today, I can state that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments... Our answer is clear: Make the [deal] a successful experience and then we discuss other issues", Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said in February.

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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.

That continued with Iran's armed forces spokesman, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, who this weekend said over the weekend that Tehran would only give up its missiles when the West abandons nuclear arms.

In an article published on the government-run Iran newspaper, former Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi wrote March 6, "Upon returning to his country, Mr. Le Drian will undoubtedly inform his European friends and the American colleagues of France of the results of his trip, and it is the French foreign minister's responsibility to make his friends aware of the Islamic Republic of Iran's clear views along with Iran's interests, and persuade them that the option of giving concessions to the USA to save the JCPOA is a fruitless path whose success is unpredictable".

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.

"There are ballistic programs of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometers, which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran's borders", he told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, adding, "If not tackled head-on, this country risks new sanctions". Trump said the nuclear deal should include Iran's defense program including missiles. "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".

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