France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

Introduction — Dec 4, 2017

Iran's Sejil-2 missile, which has a range of 2,000 kilometres

Iran’s Sejil-2 missile, which has a range of 2,000 kilometres

If France and Germany think that Iran will comply with their call for it to “go back on its ballistic missile program” they are either hopelessly out of touch. Or, more likely, they are simply complying with Zionist demands to up the pressure on Tehran.
For Iran’s missiles have played a major part in deterring the sort of Western military campaign that was launched against Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s why its missile program is so important to Iran: it’s not simply a matter of national prestige, as far as the Ayatollah is concerned it’s a matter of national survival.
Were the U.S. or Israel to embark on any large-scale military operations against Iran, Tel Aviv and U.S. military bases in the region would immediately become the target for Iranian missile strikes.
While Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system might offer some measure of protection, the sheer number and sophistication of Iranian missiles mean that at least some would get through. Indeed, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Iran’s missile salvos might even overwhelm Israel’s anti-missile defences.
The same holds true for U.S. bases in the region.
If the German and French Foreign ministers paid attention to what was happening they’d know their calls would be rejected out-of-hand. In fact on the very same day that they called for Iran to effectively abandon its missile program, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for making similar calls on Tehran.
“Mr. Macron! Take heed to my advice; there is not even a 1% chance to get us negotiate over our internal affairs,” Qassemi told reporters in Tehran.
“If he (Macron) wants to have growing relations between Iran and France, he should abstain from meddling in these issues because it is against the interests of France,” Qassemi continued.
His comments reiterate similar statements days before by Iran’s Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, who on Saturday said:
“Any demand for negotiations on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile power is basically rejected”.
If we are to gather anything from these exchanges we may conclude that the U.S. and Israel are genuinely concerned by Iran’s growing missile capabilities. As a result they are unlikely to launch any overt military campaigns against the Islamic Republic unless or until that threat is neutralised.
In other words Iran’s missile development is doing exactly what it’s intended to do. It is deterring U.S./Zionist aggression and consequently Iran is not going to abandon it. Ed.

France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

Reuters — Dec 4, 2017

France and Germany agree that Iran must reverse its ballistic missile programme and end its “hegemonic temptations” across the Middle East, the French foreign minister said on Monday.

“We also have the same view on the necessity for Iran to go back on its ballistic missile programme and its hegemonic temptations,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a news conference alongside his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.

Iran´s foreign ministry spokesman earlier on Monday said Paris should know that Iran´s missile programme is not an issue that can be negotiated.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely not negotiate on defence and missile issues,” Bahram Qassemi said on Monday, according to state media, indicating that French officials were ignoring recent history in the region.

Gabriel said the two countries would continue to defend the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. (Reporting by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough and Leigh Thomas)

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