Our Defence Affairs Are Not Negotiable: Iran FM to Macron

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While Iran denies allegations it provides weapons to the rebels, Macron said the missile was "obviously" Iranian, echoing United States claims.

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.

"We have told French leaders on several occasions that the Iran nuclear deal is not negotiable and that no other issues can be included in the text" of the agreement, semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi as saying on November 11.

"France is ... completely aware of our country's stance that Iran's defensive affairs are not negotiable", he added. He raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

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Saudi Arabia long has accused Iran of giving weapons to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies, though Tehran has just as long denied supplying them.

Tehran expects Paris to remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to the sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, Qassemi underlined. This came after "its [Iran's] Houthi proxy" in Yemen fired a missile towards the Saudi capital last week.

"The French president perfectly knows that making such claims against the Islamic Republic of Iran fits no reality of the past decades' realities in the Middle East", highlighted the Iranian diplomat.

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. Saudi defense forces intercepted the missile and brought it down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

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