Iran hopes for France’s more realistic views after Le Drain’s visit

“We hope that after receiving Tehran’s straightforward responses, the French grow familiar with the realities in the Islamic Republic and the entire region and with ways of developing the moves which can be helpful in the campaign against terrorism, instability and insecurity in the region,” Qassemi told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

He added that during meetings with Le Drain, the Iranian officials have voiced concern about the US and certain European states’ supply of hi-tech weapons to the regional states and use of those weapons against the innocent Yemeni people and the instability and insecurity in the region that come as a result of their use.

“The negotiations were much straightforward and they were definitely constructive and I wish the French to grow able to express views about the regional issues more realistically and precisely and help other European states regulate their moves in future as a result of what they have heard and come to realize in Tehran,” Qassemi said.

Le Drian made an official visit to Iran earlier this month.

In a meeting with his French counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the need for the European states to block Washington’s attempts to push the nuclear deal into failure.

“The nuclear deal as a multilateral agreement whose success was also shared by Europe and (considering the fact that) Iran has fully been committed to it based on 10 reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is now witnessing the US illogical gaming and politicizing and Europe can play a more constructive role to maintain this international achievement and, in addition to the full implementation of its own undertakings, pressure the US to comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal before anything else and not allow the US to raise irrational and illegal demands despite its disloyalties and violations,” Zarif said during the meeting in Tehran last week.

“The US has not only showed institutionalized non-commitment to its undertakings but also prevented Europe from implementing its undertakings,” he added.

Le Drian, for his part, underlined the firm decision by Europe, specially France, to respect, maintain and implement the nuclear deal, and their willingness to increase investment and trade cooperation with Iran.

Elsewhere, Zarif stressed Iran’s willingness to exchange views with Europe to end the humanitarian crisis in the region, but, meantime, said, “If Europe’s goal is propaganda or satisfying the US, we will not play this game.”

He also referred to Iran’s missile program, and said the issue is not related to the nuclear deal and even resolution 2231.

“The US and other countries which have turned our region into a gunpowder store by selling weapons should end these moves,” Zarif said.

“Iran’s military power is aimed at defending the country and deterrence and given the bitter experience of the imposed war (by Iraq in 1980s), Iran has learned to rely on its deterrence power to defend its citizens,” he underscored.

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