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How Iran deal aided the regime's bid for hegemonic control

How Iran deal aided the regime's bid for hegemonic control

Iranian officials have repeatedly said that the country's missile and nuclear programs are intended for defensive purposes and are non-negotiable as they are "for peaceful purposes".

That continued with Iran's armed forces spokesman Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, who this weekend said Tehran only would give up its missiles when the West abandons nuclear weapons.

In 2015, Tehran signed a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other major powers: Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China.

Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, traveled to Iran on 5 March.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that France's foreign minister has arrived in Tehran amid French criticism of Tehran's ballistic missile program.

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).

Le Drian will also be pushing in his talks to have Tehran put pressure on the Syrian regime, a key ally, to end its devastating assault on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Le Drian arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials on mutual ties as well as regional and global issues.

Despite their differences, Iran has broadly welcomed France's efforts to re-engage with the country.

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The ministry said it wanted Iran to contribute in a "positive" manner to solving crises in the Middle East.

France has been quick to restore trade ties.

In their phone conversation, the two presidents agreed to work together in the coming days with the United Nations, Syria and other countries involved, to improve the situation for civilians and make a ceasefire effective, it added.

Zarif also said Iran's missile program is not included in the JCPOA and the UN Security Council resolution 2231 which confirmed the JCPOA.

The commander further emphasized that nobody has the right to engage in talks with foreigners about the country's missile power.

Mr Le Drian's office has made it clear to Tehran that he is no "emissary of Donald Trump", and wants to preserve the nuclear deal.

The Europeans may have their own criteria in this regard, but they should take into account that Iran will not be indifferent and will take appropriate measures, the head of the Iranian diplomacy warned.

Iran claims that it will continue its programs despite the pressure from the U.S. and other Western countries.

Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.