New sanctions could be imposed on Iran over ballistic program

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"We have repeatedly told French officials that the JCPOA is non-negotiable and it is never permitted to infuse new issues in the agreement, notwithstanding the point that France is aware of Iran's firm stance in non-negotiability of defensive capabilities", ascertained the spokesperson of Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.

According to Mehr, the Iranian diplomat made the remarks after French President Emmanuel Macron took anti-Iran positions during his visits to Persian Gulf states of UAE and Saudi Kingdom.

He said it illustrated the need for negotiations with Tehran over its missile development. Iran has flatly rejected U.S. call for Tehran's nuclear deal with major powers to be revised to include missile and other non-nuclear curbs.


"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".

The incident is a "part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region, which is not covered by the [nuclear] deal", Macron told the Times.

"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.


The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, also responded to the French President. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Iran denies the allegations and says its missiles are needed for self-defense and that its nuclear program has purely peaceful aims. Following Trump's move, President Hassan Rouhani stated that Iran "will produce any weapons of any kind that we need and stockpile it and use it at any time to defend ourselves", which in his eyes does not violate any worldwide agreements. However, he proposed to negotiate Iran's ballistic activities, which he said should be restricted to preserve the region's stability.


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