Iran pushes Europe to pressure U.S. on nuclear deal

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France has ballistic missiles with ranges of more than 6,000 kilometres, which can be launched from submarines, but Le Drian said Iran was risking fresh sanctions if it did not curb its missile programme, which is now limited to 2,000 kilometres.

IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said on Monday that losing the nuclear deal "would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism".

"Protecting this diplomatic achievement must be equally important for all of us and verbal support is not enough", Zarif told his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian at a meeting in Tehran, according to Trend.

Netanyahu said the rest of the world should consider how Iran will act if it acquires an atomic arsenal, in light of its current destabilizing actions in the region.

In his interview, Kamalvandi said that Iran has developed highly advanced centrifuges that are 24 times more powerful than the previous models used.

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Iran has long said publicly that it intends to develop nuclear propulsion for naval vessels, though analysts and diplomats say this remains a distant prospect.

"Iran will boost its defensive power including the missile capabilities, and its deterrent plan will not be affected by the political pressures, " the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said.

France's foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to affirm European support for the nuclear deal that eased the isolation of Iran's oil-based economy, while echoing US concern about Tehran's ballistic missile tests and role in Middle East conflicts such as Syria.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Iran must address global concerns over its ballistic missile program or risk new sanctions.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", Trump said in a statement.

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While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work - which it says is for purely peaceful purposes - it has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile programme, something the United States and European countries have called for.

Any move to undermine the JCPOA would result in the loss of credibility of other worldwide agreements, Shamkhani also made the remarks in a meeting with Le Drian.

Le Drian said that Paris is determined to implement the JCPOA and has taken many practical measures in this regard.

"We want to preserve the nuclear deal because it is working, it's robust and because the Iranians are respecting it", his team told AFP ahead of the visit.

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