Iran rejects Macron call for talks on Iranian missiles

Arab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request: Diplomats

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.

"We have repeatedly told French officials that the JCPOA is non-negotiable and it is never permitted to infuse new issues in the agreement, notwithstanding the point that France is aware of Iran's firm stance in non-negotiability of defensive capabilities", ascertained the spokesperson of Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.

Referring to the Saudi claim, the French President had raised the prospect of possible sanctions with regard to those activities.

Saudi Arabia and its allies also accuse Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before conflict broke out in 2015.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Tuesday that the July launch involved an Iranian Qiam-1 missile, a liquid-fuelled, short-range variant of the Scud missile. Paris, according to the spokesman, should remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" over "sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions".




"We maintain that France should responsibly convince its regional allies in the Persian Gulf region to adopt sensible policies and approaches far from excitement", he added.

Saudi Arabia has also confirmed the launch, saying, however, that its air defense intercepted the missile, bringing it down north of the airport.

Harrigian's remarks appear to corroborate Saudi charges attributing the missile to Iran.

In a statement, the Saudi-led coalition claimed the Houthis were under Iran's "direct command".

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.

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