Iranian Officials Reject French FM's calls for Curbing Its Missile Program

Iranian Officials Reject French FM's calls for Curbing Its Missile Program

"Iran is not a threat to anyone".

Iran said on Monday it could produce higher enriched uranium within two days if the United States quit a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers, Tehran's Arabic language al-Alam TV reported.

Iran's defense program is not the business of any country including France, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said here on Saturday.

The president noted that the economic, cultural, political, social and particularly the military power of the Islamic Republic will never be used against other countries, adding "we do not boost our military power to attack another country".

Tehran has repeatedly stated that the country's missile program is purely defensive, but says it would consider negotiations if the United States and its nuclear-armed allies first dismantled their weapons of mass destruction. Trump's obduracy in killing the #JCPOA stems from the same unsafe imprudence. "The Iranian nation should be able to defend itself and today, one of the important tools for this defence is missile and missile power", he was quoted by the Iranian Fars news agency as saying. He added that Iran's missiles "are defensive and are not created to carry weapons of mass destruction, since we don't have any".

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Rouhani blamed the USA government for its attempts to sabotage that agreement sealed in July, 2015 between Tehran and a sextet formed by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

Since taking office, Trump has accused Iran of committing "multiple violations" under the JCPOA and threatened to withdraw the United States from the agreement.

Iran has insisted all parties must first adhere to the current agreement before it would consider talking about other issues outside of the nuclear pact.

"Everyone should know that we are not concerned about the progress of other countries", Rouhani said.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was in Iran as part of a European drive to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran that President Donald Trump is threatening to scuttle and the Islamic Republic has said it may be forced to abandon.

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