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Iran condemns France's call for further talks on JCPOA

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat / 1 September 2018 / 15:34

Tehran (ISNA) – Condemning recent remarks made by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian about Iran's missile program, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi stressed that such unwarranted concerns are rooted in his wrong perceptions of the program.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly declared its clear and transparent stance on unwarranted concerns rooted in some countries' wrong perceptions and ignorance," Qassemi said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always shown that it has never been fearful of dialogue and negotiation and that it believes in it. However, in a situation that the outcome of all efforts of Iran and other world powers (the 2015 nuclear deal) is violated by the bullying and excessive demands of France's partners, there is no reason for Iran to trust and negotiate on non-negotiable issues," he stated.

"The world and the French statesmen are well aware that Iran's regional policy is in line with regional and international peace and security and the fight against terrorism and extremism, and if such a campaign is not pleasant to some countries that basically create tensions and crises, they can reform their policies," he went on to say.

The remarks came after Le Drian warned Thursday that Iran "cannot avoid" talks on its ballistic missile program and role in Middle East conflicts, as European powers work to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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