Iran’s missile programme ‘not a threat’ to any country

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Tehran, March 5 (IANS) A senior Iranian security official said on Monday that the missile programme of the Islamic republic is “not a threat” to any country.

Iran will boost its defensive power including the missile capabilities and its deterrent plan will not be affected by the political pressures, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital, Xinhua news agency reported.

He urged the European countries not to bend under the US “psychological game” pertaining to Iran’s nuclear deal.

The official called for the acceleration of implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

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Trump had threatened to scuttle the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal unless amendments were made to it.

“Any move to undermine the JCPOA would result in the loss of credibility of other international agreements,” said Shamkhani.

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

Le Drian said that both countries had new plans for boosting cooperation in monetary and banking interactions.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday voiced his support for the 2015 nuclear deal which limited Iran’s nuclear activities in returns for the uplift of western sanctions against Tehran.

–IANS

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