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Growing Tension between France, Iran over Missile Program

Growing Tension between France, Iran over Missile Program

Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 12:00
Ali Akbar Velayati. AFP photo

France should not interfere in Iran's missile program, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Saturday according to state media.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program.

"It does not benefit Mr. Macron and France to interfere on the missile issue and the strategic affairs” of Tehran, “which we have great sensitivities about," Velayati said.

"What does this issue have to do with Mr. Macron? Who is he at all to interfere? If he wants relations between Iran and France to grow then he should try not to meddle in these issues."

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said on Friday that "France has a biased and partisan approach to the crises in the region.”

He made his comments after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Tehran of "hegemonic" ambitions in the region.

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