Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue

King Khalid International Airport

King Khalid International Airport

"We have repeatedly told French officials that the JCPOA (the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is not negotiable and other issues will not be included in it", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [an agreement]", he added.

The Iranian statement came after the French President during a visit to Dubai said that he is very concerned over Iran's ballistic missile program and stressed the need to start negotiations on it.

Saudi Arabia previously accused both Lebanon and Iran of committing an act of wars against it after rebels fired a missile at the King Khalid International Airport in the kingdom's capital of Riyadh.

The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

The French leader alleged that it was "obviously is an Iranian missile", which "shows precisely the strength of their program". Qassemi then noted that Iran is serious about its defense capabilities and views them as "non-negotiable".

He emphasized that France must persuade its Persian Gulf allies to pursue "wise and unsentimental" policies and approaches.

"There are extremely strong concerns about Iran".

"Undoubtedly, this silence is interpreted as a green light by Saudi rulers to continue committing such anti-human crimes", underlined the Iranian diplomat.

He called on the French government to adopt "tangible strategies" and compel its allies in the region to put an immediate end to war and bloodshed in Yemen with the goal of establishing peace and stability in the impoverished country.

Al-Jubeir also claimed that al-Qaeda's "virtual board of directors" fled to Iran in 2002 and have been directing terror operations from the country ever since.

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