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

08 March, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the European Union is capable of playing a constructive role in order to protect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka nuclear deal.

Iranian officials have rejected French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's request for curbing its missile program after a day of tense discussions in Tehran on Monday aimed at salvaging the historic nuclear deal.

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

"Iran is no threat to anyone".

The Iranians appeared less interested in thrashing out the issue with their soon-to-be guest, however, issuing a curt reminder to Le Drian ahead of his visit.

In October, Iran said it has no need to increase the range of its ballistic missiles because they were already capable of reaching US forces stationed in the region.

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Yadollah Javani, the Supreme Leader's adviser at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), also said it would be a "miscalculation" for the West to think Iran is willing to negotiate on its missile programme.

Tehran has repeatedly stated that the country's missile program is purely defensive, but says it would consider negotiations if the United States and its nuclear-armed allies first dismantled their weapons of mass destruction. No wonder the Doomsday Clock is at its most unsafe since 1953.

Iran has fired almost two dozen ballistic missiles, at least 16 of them nuclear-capable missiles, since signing the controversial 2015 nuclear deal. "Therefore, no one should be concerned about Iran's weapons, missiles or strengthening of its defense might", Rouhani stressed.

That same month, an independent panel to the U.N. Security Council declared, "Design characteristics and dimensions of the components inspected by the panel are consistent with those reported for the Iranian designed and manufactured Qiam-1 missile".

Rouhani's comment came as a senior Revolutionary Guard official vowed on Tuesday that Iran will defy pressure to scale back the country's ballistic missile programme - part of a new push by US President Donald Trump to renegotiate the original pact signed in 2015.

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