French FM Visits Iran to Talk Ballistic Missiles and Syria

French FM Visits Iran to Talk Ballistic Missiles and Syria

"Iran is no threat to anyone".

The meeting Monday drew protests from a number of university students in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran.

Noting that Iran's power will always be used in strengthening those countries in need, the president said "when other countries waged war against one another, we welcomed both. It is the Islamic Republic who would decide on the type of missile it can possess", Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said 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".

"Our weapons are meant to promote peace, strengthen stability and security, and to prevent others from thinking about invading our country".

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Iran has fired almost two dozen ballistic missiles, at least 16 of them nuclear-capable missiles, since signing the controversial 2015 nuclear deal. He added that Iran's missiles "are defensive and are not created to carry weapons of mass destruction, since we don't have any".

The deal's European signatories - Germany, Britain and France, as well as Russian Federation and China - are committed to preserving the agreement. However, the historic agreement did not touch upon missile development, and efforts by the United States and its European allies to use the deal to force greater concessions from Tehran have greatly frustrated Iran.

Last week, ahead of his trip to Iran this week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's said at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Iran's ballistic missiles program "worries us enormously".

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.

"We do not know in which language and tone we say that we do not want to negotiate the missile program and defense capabilities", Hosseini said in response to the French insistence.

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