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Iran dismisses France FM anti-Iran claims

Tehran, Iran has repeatedly declared its stance on some countries' 'unfounded' concerns and misconceptions, the country's foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

The nuclear talks that led to a solid international agreement attests to Iran's goodwill and commitment to the principle of dialogue and its efforts in exploiting rational and peaceful ways, Bahram Qasemi said in response to the recent anti-Iran claims of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

There is no reason, however, to talk, particularly on non-negotiable issues, after all the efforts made by Iran and other major world powers are violated by France's allies easily and tyrannically, he said referring to the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

The spokesman also criticized Europeans for their inaction in face of the violation, sufficing to declaring and repeating their political positions.

They have failed in giving the required guarantees for protecting the most important achievement of diplomacy in the contemporary era, Qasemi said.

He noted that unless France does fulfill its obligations, the Iranian people will remain distrustful in them.

'The world people and French statesmen also know quite well that Iran's regional policies are in line with regional and international peace and security and campaign against terrorism and extremism; if such a kind of campaign does not please certain countries, which are basically causing tension and crisis, they can reform their policies,' said Qasemi.

As for Iran's missile program, 'we re-emphasize that the program is defensive, indigenous and legitimate and is vital for protecting and safeguarding the country's territorial integrity and Iranian people and is by no means negotiable,' added the spokesman.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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