Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Saudi urges urgent Arab League meeting to curb Iran intervention

Saudi urges urgent Arab League meeting to curb Iran intervention

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran. Previously, Paris voiced its commitment to the agreement, favoring new nuclear negotiations after 2025, when some of the provisions expire.

"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".

"There are negotiations we need to start on Iran's ballistic missiles", Macron said.

Iran denies the allegations and says its missiles are needed for self-defense and that its nuclear program has purely peaceful aims. During his visit to Dubai on Thursday, he referred to a missile which was sacked from Yemen and intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

The incident is a "part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region, which is not covered by the [nuclear] deal", Macron told the Times.

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"France is ... completely aware of our country's stance that Iran's defensive affairs are not negotiable", he added.

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 National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, also responded to the French President.

The United States Congress now has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions. The move faced a serious backlash back then, including from France, which stated it would stick to the deal.

Obama's successor Trump decertified the deal last month and slapped sanctions on Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards. "There is no direct link between nuclear and ballistic programs of Iran in the text [of the agreement]", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in October.

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