Iran rejects Macron's call for talks on missile issue

Aaron Brown
November 13, 2017

Al-Mouallimi said that the Kingdom has already presented a letter to the Security Council concerning last Saturday's ballistic missile fired from Yemen on King Khaled International Airport.

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdullah al-Mouallimi, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that a committee tasked with following up on UN decisions was now investigating the Iranian ballistic missiles in the framework of updating violations against UN Resolutions, adding that the Saudi side awaits the results of the probe. "France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", he said.

The Saudis are in full support of President Trump's decision not to certify Iran as in compliance with Obama's treacherous "deal".

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it", Qassemi said, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

The United States backed the Saudi claim that the missile was supplied by Iran and urged the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for the violation.

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Tehran expects Paris to remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to the sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, Qassemi underlined.

Qassemi said the French president and officials know very well that leveling such accusations against Iran is not in conformity with the realities on the ground in the Middle East in recent decades. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal, refusing to recertify that Iran is complying with its obligations and violating the "spirit" of the accord.

The diplomat stressed that the country's missile program is designed for its defense and has no relation to a nuclear agreement with the world powers.

Harrigian's remarks appear to corroborate Saudi charges attributing the missile to Iran.

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