New sanctions could be imposed on Iran over ballistic program

Leslie Hanson
November 13, 2017

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to the call of the French President to hold talks on the country's ballistic missile program, firmly rejecting the idea and noting that it is exclusively defensive in nature. Tehran rejected on Sunday a call by French President Emmanuel Macron for talks on Tehran's ballistic missiles, saying they were defensive and unrelated to a nuclear agreement with world powers, Reuters reported. "The EU has already placed sanctions on Iranian entities involved in the ballistic program", spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said.

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", said Qassemi brushing aside the French leader's request, adding that "other issues will not be allowed to be added to it (the deal)".

"We expect France not to get inculcated by the wrong instructions of some Persian Gulf states against the Islamic Republic of Iran", said Qassemi after urging French President Macron to be fair, realistic, and far-sighted in dealing with the developments of the sensitive regions of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

"UN reports on exacerbating humanitarian crisis in Yemen should not be ignored", said Mr. Qassemi expressing deep regret at how the westerners have undertaken a meaningful silence over Saudi crimes in Yemen, incessant bombarding of civilian centers and venues, and the ruthless murder of women, children, and the innocent.

"So far, we have witnessed a meaningful silence by the worldwide community towards Saudi Arabia's crimes in Yemen and its airstrikes against civilian areas in the war-torn country, killing recklessly the innocent women and children". A charge Iran strongly denies and, in turn, blames Riyadh. He added, though, that France was committed to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, which puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The United States Congress now has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal, refusing to recertify that Iran is complying with its obligations and violating the "spirit" of the accord.

The US imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran in October, saying its missile tests violate a United Nations resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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