Q&A with France's Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Excerpts)

November 13, 2017

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile


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?

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.

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?

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.