Iran's defense program has nothing to do with France: Velayati

Iran's defense program has nothing to do with France: Velayati

His comments came as the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on February 27 expressed deep concerns over Iran's growing ballistic missile programme.

Iran's defence programme is not the business of any country including France, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said here on Saturday. "The West should gain our trust again. the nuclear deal was not fully implemented, how can we trust them on other issues?"

Le Drian's trip was scheduled to take place in January 2018 but it was postponed for some reasons.

The French minister will hold talks with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif and other senior officials during the two-day visit, the spokesperson added.

Le Drian should avoid adopting any negative position against Iran if Paris seeks to bolster relations with Tehran, said Velayati.

Iran says its missile programme is defensive because of its deterrent nature, and that it is not related to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which led to the lifting of sanctions against the country.

The White House is looking for a deal that beefs up worldwide nuclear inspections and includes punitive measures for Iran's ballistic missile tests and involvement in regional conflicts.

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron also said in February that Iran's ballistic missile program must be placed under worldwide surveillance.

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