Iran's defense program none of France's concern: Velayati

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Iran says its missile program is a conventional one aimed at deterrence and self-defence and is not negotiable. No country can decide for us or others.

"There is a risk, and everything possible needs to be done to avoid this risk and take the necessary measures so that this ballistic threat is not such for all regional actors", Le Drian said in Moscow after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Iran will not conduct talks on its ballistic missile program until the USA and European countries dismantle their nuclear weapon arsenal, said an Iranian military official on Saturday.

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The Trump administration has panned the nuclear deal - signed by the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran - for not addressing what it says are Tehran's "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East, including missile testing and support for terrorist groups.

Separately, Iran confirmed that the Iranian foreign minister had met his former USA counterpart John Kerry on the sidelines of a Munich meeting last month.

"What Americans say out of desperation with regards to limiting the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile capability is an unattainable dream", Jazayeri said to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), adding that Washington's criticism was triggered by its own "failures and defeats in the region".

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Jazayeri's remarks come as President Donald Trump's administration is trying to convince European allies to renegotiate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to include potential sanctions against Tehran for its ballistic missile program.

French President Emmanuel Macron also said in February that Iran's ballistic missile program must be placed under global surveillance.

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