French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday voiced his support for the 2015 nuclear deal which limited Iran's nuclear activities in returns for the uplift of western sanctions against Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also made a point to mention France armed dictator Saddam Hussein during the bloody 1980s Iran-Iraq war.

He said that both countries have new plans for boosting cooperation in monetary and banking interactions.

A collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be a "great loss", the United Nations atomic watchdog's chief warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, giving a wide-ranging defence of the accord and his agency's work under it.

Iran is not allowed to enrich uranium beyond 3.67 percent fissile purity under the deal, a level that is suitable for fuelling some civilian nuclear power stations and far short of the 80-90 percent that is considered weapons grade.


Rouhani issued a statement after meeting Le Drian, saying, "Preserving the nuclear accord will prove to the world that negotiation and diplomacy are the best option for solving problems, while its collapse will signify that political negotiations are a waste of time".

Zarif said that Europe should not be affected by the U.S.

Earlier, Iran said it will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday.

For his part, Le Drian hailed Iran's commitment to the JCPOA and said that France insists on the full implementation of the deal. "Having such tools is not uniquely defensive, given the distance they can reach".

Kamalvandi, reiterating Tehran's official stance, said the nuclear deal is not re-negotiable.


The hardline Javan newspaper welcomed Le Drian with the headline: "Trump's Parisian lackey in Tehran".

On May 12, Donald Trump is expected to decide whether to continue waiving sanctions under a United States law. The Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

"There are programmes for missiles with ranges of several thousand kilometres which are not in line with UN Security Council resolutions and go beyond what is needed to secure Iran's borders", Le Drian told Le Journal du Dimanche on the eve of his visit.

Le Drian arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials on mutual ties as well as regional and global issues.

Le Drian faced immediate pushback over French concerns about Iran's ballistic missiles, starting with Iranian students waving signs at Iran's Mehrabad International Airport protesting his comments.


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