Our Defence Affairs Are Not Negotiable: Iran FM to Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a news conference in Dubai UAE

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to the call of the French President to hold talks on the country's ballistic missile program, firmly rejecting the idea and noting that it is exclusively defensive in nature.

"UN reports on exacerbating humanitarian crisis in Yemen should not be ignored", said Mr. Qassemi expressing deep regret at how the westerners have undertaken a meaningful silence over Saudi crimes in Yemen, incessant bombarding of civilian centers and venues, and the ruthless murder of women, children, and the innocent.

"We have told French leaders on several occasions that the Iran nuclear deal is not negotiable and that no other issues can be included in the text" of the agreement, the semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying on November 11.

His comments came after French President Emmanuel Macron urged firmness with Iran regarding its missile program and influence in the Middle East, in an interview with the United Arab Emirates-based al-Ittihad newspaper.

"France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defense affairs are not negotiable", he said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Sunday.

More so, Saudi Arabia and allies accuse Iran of supplying missiles and other weapons to the Houthis, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out there in 2015.

Paris is a signatory to the Iran nuclear deal, which was also signed by five other major powers, namely the US, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany, to roll back Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing the global sanctions.

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthis with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a coalition that has been pounding the Houthi positions in Yemen for more than two and a half years in a campaign to restore the fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi.

The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, also responded to the French President. He added, though, that France was committed to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, which puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

France has been trying to salvage the 2015 nuclear that Iran signed with Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia, and the United States.

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