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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian in Tehran

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The senior Iranian officials insisted in their meetings with Le Drian on Iran's long-held policy that Tehran's missile program is defensive.

Mr. Le Drian has become confident that his visit to Iran would not result in anything against the Iranian interests, Velayati added.

"The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe", Iranian Armed Forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri said on Saturday, as cited by state media.

Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, also said Europe should compel the U.S. to abide by the deal, "rather than trying to appease" Washington. 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.

"Europe must put the United States under pressure to implement its commitments and not allow the United States to make illogical and unlawful demands despite its lack of commitment and violations [of its commitments]", Zarif said in a meeting with France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tehran on Monday.

The daily addressed French policy toward Tehran, saying that it aims to establish Paris as "a balancing point in the region and decrease Iran's role in the Middle East and Iran's missile program".

"There are ballistic programs of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometers, which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran's borders", he told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, adding, "If not tackled head-on, this country risks new sanctions".

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But American sanctions against Iran remain, hindering foreign companies outside of the U.S. from doing business with Tehran.

Defensive program is one of the basic rights of any nation, including Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with the visiting Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori.

In 2017, France was Iran's second biggest trade partner in the European Union.

Macron praised the demonstrations as "the free expression of the Iranian people", but did not match President Donald Trump's full-throated encouragement of them.

Also, France's oil and gas company, Total, has signed an agreement worth $4.8 billion for the development of South Pars Phase 11.

Talks are expected to focus on Iran's involvement in the Syrian Civil war and Iran's ballistic missile program, which both Le Drian and French President Emmanuel Macron have criticized Iran's missile program in recent weeks, with Le Drian stating that Iran's ballistic missile capacity anxious France "enormously".

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