French foreign minister in Iran amid missile criticism

French foreign minister in Iran amid missile criticism

Mr Le Drain will tell Iran it must address the West's misgivings about its ballistic missile programme and military activities around the Middle East - points the White House says need attention if the nuclear pact is to survive.

But already installed is the S-300 air defence systems, supplied by the Russians, which are capable of targeting aircraft at high altitude from up to a 150-mile range, allowing them to create a formidable ring of defence around any nuclear facility, or other sensitive military establishment, which makes it nearly impossible for an enemy to target such facilities without a substantial loss of aircraft. During the war France and the Soviet Union were the main arms suppliers to Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

Zarif went on to say that the U.S.is playing "illogical political games" regarding the nuclear deal.

Iran is not allowed to enrich uranium beyond 3.67 percent fissile purity under the deal, a level that is suitable for fuelling some civilian nuclear power stations and far short of the 80-90 percent that is considered weapons grade.

He added that all signatories to the JCPOA must equally attach significance to preserving "this worldwide diplomatic achievement", noting that it would not be effective to give only verbal support to the deal.

He added that the European countries should fully implement their obligations and push the U.S.to remain committed to the accord. He warned that, if the situation continues, Iran may withdraw from the JCPOA.

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For his part, Le Drian hailed Iran's commitment to the JCPOA and said that France insists on the full implementation of the deal.

Amano, whose agency polices the deal's nuclear restrictions, later gave his most wide-ranging defence of the accord to date, listing numbers of buildings inspected, images captured and even seals placed on equipment since the accord was put into effect.

According to the nuclear agreement, Iran agreed to lower its nuclear work in exchange for termination of financial and economic sanctions.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran's compliance with its obligation, has verified Iran's compliance with the deal in 10 reports.

The statement, made by Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesperson for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, indicates the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment centrifuges haven't been modified or reduced at all - a blatant violation of the JCPOA.

He added that the expansion of parliamentary relations between the two countries could improve the level of relations, but the areas of cooperation cooperation should be defined in advance.

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