Europe must pressure USA to comply with Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

French Foreign Minister Arrives in Tehran Amid Row Over Ballistic Missile Program

Ahead of Le Drian's trip, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying he would pursue "a frank and demanding dialogue with Iran", including over its ballistic missile program and its belligerent regional activities.

"Annihilation of the USA and Europe's nuclear weapons and long-range missiles is the prerequisite for negotiations on Iran's missiles", Jazzayeri said.

Stressing Iran's peaceful relations with all its neighboring countries, Velayati said, "If the French foreign minister's visit is aimed at strengthening relations, he'd better avoid taking such negative positions".

Iran's ballistic missile program poses no threat to any country and is purely defensive, an ally of Iran's supreme leader told France's foreign minister during a meeting in Tehran, according to the Students News Agency ISNA.

"We want to preserve the nuclear deal because it is working, it's robust and because the Iranians are respecting it", Le Drian's team said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, during a March 4 phone conversation, urged Rohani to put the "necessary pressure" on the Syrian government to halt "indiscriminate" attacks on civilians in a rebel-held enclave in the eastern Ghouta region.

As mentioned in a quarterly IAEA report on Iran last month, Amano said in his speech that the agency had requested clarification from Iran about its plans for nuclear-powered naval vessels, suggesting the IAEA has still not heard back from the Islamic Republic.

On the eve of Le Drian's visit, he told Rouhani France expects Iran to make a "constructive contribution" to solving crises in the Middle East, Macron's office said on Sunday.

"The potentials of the two countries is to a degree that if they work together closely, they will overcome the challenges and achieve good results", said Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iranian Parliament.

Iran will boost its defensive power including the missile capabilities and its deterrent plan will not be affected by the political pressures, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said.

France has been quick to restore trade ties.

Le Drian also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who expressed hope that the 2015 nuclear deal could be preserved. "We have our own concerns and will talk to the different sensibilities of the Iranian system to get our point across".

Netanyahu's central argument is that if the U.S. were to put in place new sanctions against Iran, countries throughout the world would be forced to choose between access to the Iranian economy, with its GDP of approximately $500 billion, and the American economy, with its GDP of almost $20 trillion.

THE failure of the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers to restrict Tehran's nuclear programme would be a "great loss", the head of the UN's atomic watchdog said today.

Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

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