Macron Urged to Be Fair, Have Foresight

Katrina Barker
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.

"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [an agreement]", he added.

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", he said. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

The deal between Tehran and six world powers including France, Russia, the US, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom involves the removal of sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

Last month, Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone call that France remained committed to the deal but stressed on the necessity to have a dialogue with Iran on other strategic issues, including Tehran's ballistic missile programme, a proposal ruled out by Iran.

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Macron, on Thursday, expressed concern about the program following allegations by Saudi Arabia that they recently intercepted a missile fired from Yemen.

The French leader alleged that it was "obviously is an Iranian missile", which "shows precisely the strength of their program".

As many astute pundits have pointed out, it's now "blame Iran time" according to the official Saudi (and allies) narrative of events in order to set the stage for public support for potential military action against Iran.

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