Iran sets up terms for missile talks

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France, along with other European powers, Germany and Britain, has for a while been requesting Iran to stop developing ballistic missiles.

The US concerns about Iran's nuclear power stems from "their failures and defeats in the region", Jazayeri said.

"It is hoped that this visit will be a constructive and valuable journey with favorable achievements in line with expansion of cooperation between the two sides", added Mr. Velayati who is also the Head of Strategic Research Center of Iranian Expediency Council.

Russian Federation and the other parties to the Iran nuclear deal consider the Islamic Republic compliant and have voiced concerns over Washington's stance. No country can decide for us or others.

Le Drian's trip was scheduled to take place in January 2018 but it was postponed for some reasons.

The Trump administration has panned the nuclear deal - signed by the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran - for not addressing what it says are Tehran's "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East, including missile testing and support for terrorist groups.

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French foreign minister is scheduled to visit Iran next Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

The Trump administration has been trying to persuade the European nations that negotiated the landmark nuclear deal with the Obama administration to accept side deals under which they would join the U.S.in re-imposing sanctions over Iran's missile programs.

Le Drian should avoid adopting any negative position against Iran if Paris seeks to bolster relations with Tehran, said Velayati.

"The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe", Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying.

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "Iran should be monitored for its ballistic missiles programme".

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