Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up nuclear weapons

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Jazayeri said United States criticism of Iran's missile programme was driven by "their failures and defeats in the region".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is due to visit Iran on Monday, said last month that Iran's missile programme and involvement in regional conflicts needed to be addressed if it "wants to return to the family of nations".

He added Iran will not let interference in its affairs.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top foreign policy adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said on Saturday that Iran's defense program has nothing to do with any other country including France.

Velayati said statements by French officials regarding Iran's missile work will do them no good, urging the French foreign minister to avoid repeating them.

Iranian officials have repeatedly emphasized that the country's missile program is merely for defensive and deterrent purposes, warning that it is not open to any negotiations.

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US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers unless more is done to curb Iran's missile programme.

Recently, the United Kingdom drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning Iran for violating the arms embargo on Yemen and calling for measures to address this alleged violation.

Earlier on Saturday, a senior Iranian military commander said the Islamic Republic would hold no negotiations over its missile program unless the U.S. and Europe dismantled their nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff said on Saturday that Tehran will not discuss its missile program with the West until the United States and others dismantle their nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

"It's indispensable for the security of the region and so we need a mechanism of sanctions and control adapted to that", Macron said.

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