Iran Says Nuclear Deal 'Not Negotiable' Following Macron Visit To Region

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is welcomed by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan and Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum upon Macron's arrival with his

During a visit to the Persian Gulf, Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic-missile launch by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia last weekend.

"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [an agreement]", he added.

France, the Foreign Ministry speaker said, is "fully aware of our country's intangible position concerning the issue of Iran's defensive affairs, which are not negotiable".

"There are negotiations we need to start on Iran's ballistic missiles", Macron said.

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.

"We expect France not to be swayed by inculcation and false signals sent by certain countries in the Persian Gulf region against the Islamic Republic of Iran", the Iranian spokesperson said.

Macron, on Thursday, expressed concern about the program following allegations by Saudi Arabia that they recently intercepted a missile fired from Yemen. Iranian state media did not immediately report on Macron's remarks.

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Macron highlighted the need to "create a new world for the young generation, based on respect, tolerance and reason", adding that business and education are important to achieve the goal.

Although Iran's ballistic program is not included under the terms of the nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US President Donald Trump has maintained his tough stance on Iran, refusing to re-certify Iran's compliance in October.

Tehran has dismissed the accusation, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stating that Riyadh was trying to blame others for the consequences of its aggression in Yemen.

The French head of state, who was wrapping up a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, also announced a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia in his presser.

Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic-missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons.

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.

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