04232018Mon

French Foreign Minister: France Determined To "Vigorously"Pressure Iran's Ballistic Missile Program

Iran Focus

London, 20 Dec - During his visit to Washington, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that France and the United States are determined to "vigorously" raise pressure on Iran over its ballistic missile program, including possibly through sanctions, according to a report by Reuters International.

On Monday, Le Drian was set to meet U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as wells as White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and U.S. President Trump's special adviser, Jared Kushner. Le Drian, previously France’s defense minister, also planned to meet with Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In recent months, tensions have risen between Iran and France. Both sides have publicly criticized each other, and le Drian accused Iran of "hegemonic temptations" in the region.

In fact, President Emmanuel Macron was attacked by Tehran over his tough stance, who said Paris would soon lose its international credibility if it "blindly follows" U.S. President Donald Trump.

"They didn't like the word, but I stand by it," Le Drian told reporters. "Iran's hegemonic temptations in the region is a matter of urgency because it's within the framework of getting peace in Iraq and Syria that we will stop this process.”

Iranian officials have been particularly aggrieved by France has criticized Iran over its ballistic missile tests and has suggested that there may possibly be new sanctions over the program. Tehran calls their missile testing program “solely defensive in nature.”

Le Drian is due in Iran at the beginning of January, where he plans to clearly outline Paris' concerns. "We are fully determined to press very vigorously on Iran to stop the development of an increasingly significant ballistic capability,” Le Drian said, reiterating that sanctions were possible.

Macron has reaffirmed his country's commitment to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), that Iran signed in 2015 with world powers. Under the deal, Iran curbed its disputed nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions.

Le Drian said that he believes that Washington is beginning to understand the European stance regarding the need to maintain the accord, after his talks with the U.S. officials. In an interview with a small group of reporters, Le Drian also discussed Trump's repudiation of the Paris climate agreement, UNESCO, trade deals, and the broad international consensus that Jerusalem should not be recognized as Israel's capital until its status is resolved by Israelis and Palestinians.

Search

Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers Stage Major Protest Gathering in Khourasgan Square

Iran,Isfahan, Apr. 10, 2018. Farmers' Protest Rally Continues

Iran – the Portrait of Khamenei and Khomeini Was Set on Fire

>

Ahvaz, 29 Mar, Peaceful Demonstration of People Faces With Brutal Clashes by the Security Forces

IRAN, AHVAZ, Mar 27&28 People Clash With Security Agents Who Wanted to Destroy Their Houses

WARNING - VULGAR LANGUAGE March 13 - Tehran, NW #Iran‌ Protesters Celebrating #FireFest and Clashing

Iran: Video Clip, Activists Setting Fire 2 Paramilitary Bassij Center in Lavasan, North Tehran. #Fir

March 13 - Qazvin, NW #Iran‌ Protesters Starting #FireFest, Defying Authorities Banning Such #4Shanb

Iranian Opposition Organises Protest Against Presence of Iranian Justice Minister at UN in Geneva

Iran - Feb 6: Protest by swindled investors of the Caspian investment fund in Rasht

Iran: Kian Tyre factory workers protest overdue wages

Iran Protests- Jan. 5, 2018 City of Tabriz, Protests Inside the Football Stadium

Iran Protests- 5 Jan 2018 - Crowd Chants Slogan Against State Security Forces

Iran Protests- January 5, 2018 City of Tabriz, Protests Inside the Football Stadium

Iran- Dezful - South of Iran, the Funeral of Mohsen Adeli Who Was Killed by Regime During Protests

Iran Protests- January 5, 2018. Tabriz, the Repressive Special Guards Run Away From Youths

Iran Protests - Jan. 4, 2018 - City of City of Dezful -Southwestern Iran

Iran Protests- Tehran, January 3, People Fight Back Against Plain Clothes and Security Agents

Iran Protests- Tehran Jan 3, Outraged People Chanting, Death to Khamenei, Death to the Dictator

Iran Protests- Jan 4, 2018- City of Isfahan

Iran Protests- January 2, 2018 Ahwaz, Sixth Day of Uprising

Iran Protests- Sixth Day of People's Uprising Against the Regime, Tehran, January 2, 2018