Q – Iran has not responded to France, which wants to supplement the Iranian nuclear agreement with “negotiations” on Iran’s ballistic activities and a “discussion” on that country’s role in the region. In view of the latter, when will Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian travel to Iran and on what basis?
A – We attribute great importance to the rigorous implementation of the JCPOA as agreed to by all the parties, and as we have said a number of times.
France is also concerned by the continuation of Iranian’s ballistic missile program, which is not in compliance with resolution 2231 and is a source of destabilization for the region.
France and Iran have an active political dialogue that allows us to broach all subjects, particularly strategic issues and regional challenges. It is a rigorous dialogue that Jean-Yves Le Drian will pursue when he travels to Iran.
Q – When, speaking for France, President Macron talks about “sanctioning Iran if necessary" because of its ballistic missile program, what does that mean? European sanctions, UN sanctions?
A – As you know, the EU has already imposed sanctions on Iranian entities involved in the ballistic missile program.
If necessary, new sanctions could be adopted.