Iran's missile programme 'not a threat' to any country

UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran-Accord Failure Would Be 'Great Loss'

"It would be a point of regret for everyone" if the deal is not honored, Rouhani said, adding that his country is "ready to deal with any situation that is not agreeable to Iran".

France's foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to affirm European support for the nuclear deal that eased the isolation of Iran's oil-based economy, while echoing USA concern about Tehran's ballistic missile tests and role in Middle East conflicts such as Syria.

It's unclear how much of an effect Le Drian's talks will have in Iran, especially as newspapers greeted him Monday with headlines calling him an "impudent guest" and "Trump's Parisian servant".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his French counterpart it's vitally important that the United States not abandon the Obama-era deal, which lifts Iranian sanctions in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear program.

France increasingly has criticized Iran's ballistic missile program since the deal.

Le Drian did not meet with anyone from Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and runs the ballistic missile program.

But the key focus has been the 120-day deadline set by Trump in January for U.S. lawmakers and European allies to "fix" the nuclear deal, removing "sunset clauses" that mean it expires in 2026 and reining in Iran's missile programme and regional activities. 'Pinning the blame on others and repeating outdated scenarios and baseless accusations against others will not help the Bahraini government resolve its problems with its citizens, ' said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on the ministry's website.

Despite Le Drian's tough talk on missiles, France remains firmly behind the agreement.

Iran honors its commitment to the treaty to limit its nuclear development plan as the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified on nine occasions.

He official said that those machines could be brought back into full service if the 2015 nuclear deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - were to collapse.

If the political track looks tricky, France is hoping its cultural diplomacy can offer a more positive flavour to the trip.

"Iran has learned to rely on its deterrent power", Zarif said.

Despite their differences, Iran has welcomed French efforts to re-engage economically and politically.

Last year's $5 billion gas exploration deal with French energy giant Total was the biggest in Iran since the nuclear accord, and showed French firms were willing to stand up to pressure from Washington.

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