Iran rebukes Macron: Missile programme “not negotiable”
France, along with Germany, Britain and other EU colleagues, have been strongly supportive of maintaining the successful JCPOA in spite of the US Trump administration’s desire to either scrap the deal or amend it beyond recognition.
As many French businesses, including the energy giant Total conduct large scale business in Iran, Macron is under pressure from many in France to work to preserve the deal, while clearly he is also under pressure from the Trump White House to hit out at Iran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has released the following statement which affirms Iran’s position:
“France is fully aware of our country’s firm position that Iran’s defense affairs are not negotiable”.
Macron also failed in the second aim of his trip, which included a visit to Saudi Arabia, to investigate the whereabouts of Saudi deposed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Macron apparently has not discovered any new information, while Lebanese President Michel Aoun has described Hariri as “kidnapped” by the Saudi regime.
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