Excerpts from the French Foreign Ministry's Daily Press Briefing

January 8, 2019

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile

Q - Is France calling for specific measures at the European level with respect to Iran following the suspected attempted attacks in Europe and the ballistic missile launches in December?

A - The Council of the European Union decided today, with the unanimous agreement of all member states, to include on the European list of individuals, groups and entities involved in acts of terrorism, one entity and two individuals responsible for plotting to attack a meeting of the Mujahedeen Khalq, a group that advocates the overthrow of the Iranian leadership, on June 30, 2018, in Villepinte.

This European decision, which was taken on the basis of a national law adopted on October 2 by France to freeze the assets of these same entities and individuals, reflects the solidarity of EU member states and their determination to act in a united manner in order to respond to a hostile and unacceptable act perpetrated on European soil.

France also expresses its concern following the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile carried out by Iran on December 1. The European position on this issue is constant: As reaffirmed by Jean-Yves Le Drian on December 10 at the most recent Foreign Affairs Council, a discussion on limiting Iran’s ballistic missile activities must be among the EU’s requirements with respect to this country.

These elements do not call into question the commitment of France and its European partners to dialogue with Iran and the preservation of the Iranian nuclear deal, provided the Tehran authorities honor their obligations in this respect.