No need for concerns over Iran's missiles: Pres. Rouhani

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This one-day trip is also seen as evidence of the balancing act that France and other European nations find themselves in, following Donald Trump's promise to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal if major flaws aren't fixed.

This came following a French move in Tehran, where French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had held talks with senior officials that included the ballistic missile program and Iran's regional role.

Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, also said Europe should compel the USA to abide by the deal, "rather than trying to appease" Washington.

"If not tackled head on, this country risks new sanctions", he threatened.

For his part, Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that Iran's actions in connection with defensive power is not pending on the call of the Zionist regime and the European Union and there is no topic for discussion on the table.

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According to reports, some of the changes to the deal that Trump has demanded include the opening of Iranian military bases to global inspectors, and the curbing of Iran's missile programme - both of which are not covered by the current agreement, and are vigorously opposed by Iran. This complicates France's ability to advocate for sanctions on Iran, but it is important for France to remember that the majority of the Iranian economy is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, a paramilitary force that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and so any additional investments are likely funding terrorism and human rights violations.

"Now they ask Iran to enter discussions on other issues".

Le Drian's remarks provoked a storm of condemnations and protests from top Iranian officials and military commanders who said they would not allow anyone to interfere in Iran's affairs.

In February, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated unequivocally that: "We will negotiate with no one on our weapons".

"Iran's defence power is not a threat to any country, and its enhancement is a function of the security needs", Shamkani was quoted by Tasnim as saying.