Macron Says France Disagrees with Saudi Arabia on Iran

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

The uncovered wreckage of the missile indicated "the role of the Iranian regime in manufacturing", Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry said earlier this week, without providing further details.

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", said Qassemi ruling out possibility of any talks.

The Iranian statement came after the French President during a visit to Dubai said that he is very concerned over Iran's ballistic missile program and stressed the need to start negotiations on it.

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

Iran has repeatedly told French officials that the agreement is "not renegotiable and Iran doesn't allow the other sides to annex other issues to it", Qassemi stated.

The United States backed the Saudi claim that the missile was supplied by Iran and urged the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for the violation.

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Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Iran of supplying missiles and other weapons to the Houthis, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out there in 2015.

Tehran expects Paris to remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to the sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, Qassemi underlined.

Saudi Arabia has also confirmed the launch, saying, however, that its air defense intercepted the missile, bringing it down north of the airport.

The deal between Tehran and six world powers including France, Russia, the US, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom involves the removal of sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Harrigian's remarks appear to corroborate Saudi charges attributing the missile to Iran.

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