The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council made it clear to France’s foreign minister that Tehran will enhance its missile capabilities as part of a defense strategy which would not be affected by political factors, Tasnim News Agency reported.
In a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tehran on Monday, Ali Shamkhani described Iran’s defense power, particularly its missile program, as “an inevitable necessity” in line with the country’s deterrent policies.
“Iran’s defense power is not a threat to any country, and its enhancement is a function of the security needs and (the need to counter) potential threats against the country without being influenced by political factors,” he added.
His comments came after Le Drian’s controversial comments about Iran’s missile program ahead of his trip to Tehran.
Elsewhere in the meeting, Shamkhani called on Europe to accelerate the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He also criticized Europe’s “wrong” policy of making concessions to the US government to keep it in the nuclear agreement, slamming it as “passiveness and giving in to Trump’s psychological game.”
For his part, the visiting French minister praised Iran for its full commitment to the JCPOA, saying France is opposed to the US stances on the nuclear accord and believes they undermine the deal.