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France Condemns Iran’s Ballistic Missile Violations

France Condemns Iran’s Ballistic Missile Violations

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 - 08:30
Paris - Michel Abu Najm

The gap between Iran and France is getting harder to bridge as the fate of French fellow researchers Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, who are detained in the north Tehran Evin prison, has provoked further controversy between the two countries.

France, most recently, condemned a bid by Iran to put a satellite in space, urging Tehran to abide by international obligations on its controversial ballistic missile program.

“France condemns this launch, which calls on technologies used for ballistic missiles and, in particular, intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement after Iran announced it “successfully” launched a satellite Sunday, but failed to put it into orbit.

The statement reflects harsher stances from Paris, which at a point was a staunch supporter of the nuclear deal reached with Iran in 2015 and had exerted high profile diplomatic efforts to bring Tehran and Washington closer to each other.

Recalling Iran’s obligations under a 2018 UN Security Council resolution, the ministry added: “Iran’s ballistic program hurts regional stability and affects European security. France calls on Iran to fully respect its international obligations in this matter.”

The West believes that Iran's ballistic missiles endeavors are not only civilian in nature but also aim to reach missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads over long distances, something that Tehran denies.

There is a Western conviction that the most recent Iranian missile can reach 2,000 km, meaning that it can reach Greek-European territory.

Days before crucial parliamentary elections in Iran, Tehran on Sunday also unveiled a new short-range ballistic missile and its “new generation” of engines designed to put satellites into space.

The Revolutionary Guards’ website said the Raad-500 missile was equipped with new Zoheir engines made of composite materials that make them lighter than previous steel models.

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