Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request

Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement Tuesday that the July launch involved an Iranian Qiam-1, a liquid-fueled, short-range Scud missile variant. 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. Previously, Paris voiced its commitment to the agreement, favoring new nuclear negotiations after 2025, when some of the provisions expire.

"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it", Qassemi said, according to a statement on the ministry's website on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia had blamed Iran for a missile strike on its soil from neighboring Yemen and had said there would be a response "in the appropriate time and manner". This came after "its [Iran's] Houthi proxy" in Yemen fired a missile towards the Saudi capital last week.

Iran denies the charges and blames the conflict on Riyadh. "France is fully aware of our country's firm position that Iran's defence affairs are not negotiable", he said.

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"The French president perfectly knows that making such claims against the Islamic Republic of Iran fits no reality of the past decades' realities in the Middle East", highlighted the Iranian diplomat. The fate of the deal has fallen on the US Congress which has 60 days to reimpose nuclear sanctions.

Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons. The move faced a serious backlash back then, including from France, which stated it would stick to the deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal, refusing to recertify that Iran is complying with its obligations and violating the "spirit" of the accord.

Moscow fears that dismantling the JCPOA would jeopardize global security.

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