Saudi Arabia urges urgent Arab League meeting on Iran

Saudi Arabia urges urgent Arab League meeting on Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron has said his viewpoints on Iran do not conform with Saudi Arabia's hardline stance vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic. "There is no direct link between nuclear and ballistic programs of Iran in the text [of the agreement]", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in October.

Macron, during a visit to Dubai on Thursday, said he was "very concerned" by Tehran's missile programme after Saudi Arabia claimed it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen last month. 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.

Iran has repeatedly told French officials that the agreement is "not renegotiable and Iran doesn't allow the other sides to annex other issues to it", Qassemi stated.

Qassemi finally noted that Iran expects the French government to adopt tangible measures including pressurizing its allies into immediately stopping their war and bloodshed in Yemen in order to establish ceasefire and restore peace and stability to the country.

France is "fully aware of our country's intangible position concerning the issue of Iran's defensive affairs, which are not negotiable", the spokesman added. During his visit to Dubai on Thursday, he referred to a missile which was sacked from Yemen and intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

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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.

Trump and his administration have accused Iran of using the ballistic missile program to further development of its nuclear weapons. The president passed the matter to the US Congress, giving lawmakers 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Iran denies the charges and blames the conflict on Riyadh.

Iran inked the deal with Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and the United States.

Trump announced last month that he will no longer certify Iran's compliance, despite the United Nations nuclear agency's reports verifying Iran's full commitment.

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